Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Murphy USA (MUSA) Share Price

Media stories about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.8049363706357 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on MUSA shares. ValuEngine lowered shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 25th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 14th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $84.50.

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $79.81. 105,500 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 453,170. Murphy USA has a one year low of $60.44 and a one year high of $81.30. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,780.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.89, a PEG ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 0.77.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. Murphy USA had a net margin of 2.10% and a return on equity of 40.47%. The company had revenue of $3.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.43 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.16 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Murphy USA will post 4.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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About Murphy USA

Murphy USA Inc is engaged in the marketing of retail motor fuel products and merchandise through a chain of retail stores. The Company operates through the Marketing segment. The Marketing segment includes its retail marketing sites and product supply, and wholesale assets. As of December 31, 2016, its retail stores were located in 26 states, primarily in the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest the United States.

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