News coverage about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.9402176436008 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) opened at 70.79 on Thursday. Murphy USA has a one year low of $57.13 and a one year high of $79.98. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.55 billion, a PE ratio of 18.88 and a beta of 0.72. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $66.89 and a 200 day moving average price of $69.90.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.51 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.42. The company had revenue of $3.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.27 billion. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 20.19% and a net margin of 1.15%. Murphy USA’s revenue was up 6.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.17 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Murphy USA will post $3.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

MUSA has been the subject of several research reports. BidaskClub upgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Stephens boosted their price target on Murphy USA from $76.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. William Blair began coverage on Murphy USA in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. They set a “market perform” rating for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $86.00 target price on Murphy USA and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Murphy USA presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.50.

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In other Murphy USA news, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.46, for a total transaction of $73,603.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 18,169 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,298,356.74. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Daryl R. Schofield purchased 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 17th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $66.00 per share, with a total value of $198,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 3,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $198,000. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 7.30% of the company’s stock.

Murphy USA Company Profile

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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