Shares of Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the six ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $86.00.

MUSA has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 18th. Wells Fargo & Company downgraded shares of Murphy USA from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 18th. Stephens reduced their price target on shares of Murphy USA from $82.00 to $76.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Jefferies Group LLC reduced their price target on shares of Murphy USA from $78.00 to $77.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th.

In related news, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of Murphy USA stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.46, for a total value of $73,603.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 18,169 shares in the company, valued at $1,298,356.74. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 7.30% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its position in shares of Murphy USA by 3.9% in the second quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 8,617 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $638,000 after buying an additional 326 shares during the period. Citigroup Inc. boosted its position in shares of Murphy USA by 514.2% in the second quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 6,130 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $454,000 after buying an additional 5,132 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its position in shares of Murphy USA by 1.8% in the second quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 51,644 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $3,827,000 after buying an additional 891 shares during the period. Quantitative Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Murphy USA during the second quarter worth $1,052,000. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Murphy USA by 2.1% in the second quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 29,008 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $2,150,000 after buying an additional 604 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.90% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded up 1.05% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $69.36. 346,011 shares of the stock were exchanged. Murphy USA has a 12 month low of $57.13 and a 12 month high of $79.98. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $73.00 and its 200-day moving average is $69.51. The stock has a market cap of $2.50 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.50 and a beta of 0.68.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.09 by $0.42. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.15% and a return on equity of 20.19%. The company had revenue of $3.21 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.27 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.17 earnings per share. Murphy USA’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Murphy USA will post $3.76 earnings per share for the current 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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