Retirement Systems of Alabama reduced its stake in shares of Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) by 1.1% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 120,661 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 1,305 shares during the period. Retirement Systems of Alabama owned approximately 0.35% of Murphy USA worth $8,326,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Sei Investments Co. lifted its position in Murphy USA by 2.1% during the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 224,743 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $15,508,000 after purchasing an additional 4,528 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its position in Murphy USA by 481.2% during the third quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 131,593 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $9,080,000 after purchasing an additional 108,950 shares during the period. Becker Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in Murphy USA by 23.8% during the third quarter. Becker Capital Management Inc. now owns 263,496 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $18,181,000 after purchasing an additional 50,740 shares during the period. Howe & Rusling Inc. raised its position in shares of Murphy USA by 13.4% in the third quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 6,025 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $416,000 after acquiring an additional 714 shares during the period. Finally, Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC raised its position in shares of Murphy USA by 465.5% in the third quarter. Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 25,634 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,769,000 after acquiring an additional 21,101 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 99.93% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on MUSA. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. J P Morgan Chase & Co cut shares of Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Stephens cut shares of Murphy USA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $86.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $84.50.

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Shares of Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE MUSA) opened at $76.13 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $2,649.02, a PE ratio of 17.03, a PEG ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a current ratio of 1.18. Murphy USA Inc. has a one year low of $60.44 and a one year high of $79.98.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.19%. The company had revenue of $3.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.43 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.16 EPS. Murphy USA’s revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Murphy USA Inc. will post 4.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA)

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