Equities analysts expect Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) to report earnings of $1.01 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have made estimates for Murphy USA’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.08 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.92. Murphy USA reported earnings of $1.14 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year over year growth rate of 11.4%. The business is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Murphy USA will report full-year earnings of $3.72 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.41 to $4.04. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $4.57 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.36 to $4.85. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Murphy USA.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. The business had revenue of $3.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.43 billion. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.19%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.16 earnings per share.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Jefferies Group LLC set a $86.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Stephens downgraded shares of Murphy USA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $84.50.

In other Murphy USA news, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction 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 transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 18,169 shares in the company, valued at $1,298,356.74. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Daryl R. Schofield acquired 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 17th. The stock was bought at an average price of $66.00 per share, for a total transaction of $198,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the executive vice president now owns 3,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $198,000. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 7.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MUSA. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 10.4% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 18,472 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,356,000 after purchasing an additional 1,734 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 0.7% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,844,983 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $208,879,000 after purchasing an additional 18,620 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 8.1% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 273,914 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $20,110,000 after purchasing an additional 20,577 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 10,259.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,001,041 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $220,335,000 after purchasing an additional 2,972,072 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 7.4% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 160,389 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $11,776,000 after acquiring an additional 10,988 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.11% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) traded down $1.94 on Friday, reaching $73.35. 895,649 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 336,532. The firm has a market cap of $2.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.33 and a beta of 0.74.

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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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