Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Saturday.

Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on MUSA. BidaskClub raised Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Stephens lowered Murphy USA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $86.00 price target on Murphy USA and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $84.50.

Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) opened at $76.01 on Friday. 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 has a one year low of $60.44 and a one year high of $79.98. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,646.59, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.02, a PEG ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.74.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its quarterly earnings results 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 return on equity of 24.19% and a net margin of 1.31%. The business had revenue of $3.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.43 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.16 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post 4.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Tiedemann Wealth Management LLC increased its holdings in Murphy USA by 9.9% in the third quarter. Tiedemann Wealth Management LLC now owns 17,693 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $103,000 after purchasing an additional 1,587 shares during the last quarter. Zions Bancorporation bought a new stake in Murphy USA in the third quarter valued at about $106,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its holdings in Murphy USA by 1,343.0% in the second quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 1,443 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $107,000 after purchasing an additional 1,343 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its holdings in Murphy USA by 17.6% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,624 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $194,000 after purchasing an additional 392 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new stake in Murphy USA in the third quarter valued at about $208,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.36% of the company’s stock.

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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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