Equities research analysts expect Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) to report sales of $3.39 billion for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts have issued estimates for Murphy USA’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $3.20 billion to $3.62 billion. Murphy USA reported sales of $3.06 billion during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 10.8%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday, February 7th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Murphy USA will report full-year sales of $3.39 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $12.72 billion to $13.52 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the firm will post sales of $14.03 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $13.17 billion to $15.32 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow Murphy USA.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. The company had revenue of $3.24 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.43 billion. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.19%. Murphy USA’s revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.16 earnings per share.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Stephens downgraded shares of Murphy USA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 target price (up from $77.00) on shares of Murphy USA in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Finally, William Blair assumed coverage on shares of Murphy USA in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. They issued a “market perform” rating for the company. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $84.50.

In other news, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of Murphy USA stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.46, for a total transaction of $73,603.80. Following the completion of the sale, 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 legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Daryl R. Schofield acquired 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 17th. The shares were bought at an average price of $66.00 per share, with a total value of $198,000.00. Following the completion of the purchase, 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. Insiders own 7.30% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. IFP Advisors Inc lifted its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 1.0% during the second quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 3,776 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $280,000 after buying an additional 39 shares during the period. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 1.2% during the second quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 4,225 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $314,000 after purchasing an additional 52 shares during the last quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 0.7% during the second quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 14,225 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,054,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 0.5% during the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 25,239 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $1,870,000 after purchasing an additional 127 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 8.0% during the first quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 2,160 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $159,000 after purchasing an additional 160 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.11% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded up $0.35 on Friday, reaching $73.35. 895,649 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 336,532. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,552.29, a P/E ratio of 16.41, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 0.74. Murphy USA has a 52 week low of $57.13 and a 52 week high of $79.98. The company has a current ratio of 1.18, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30.

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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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