Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $86.00.

MUSA has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. BidaskClub downgraded Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, September 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 4.4% during the second quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. now owns 78,126 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $5,790,000 after buying an additional 3,314 shares during the last quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL grew its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 6.5% during the second quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL now owns 37,900 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $2,809,000 after buying an additional 2,300 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc grew its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 1.6% during the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 99,613 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $7,377,000 after buying an additional 1,568 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 30.3% during the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,216,985 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $90,192,000 after buying an additional 282,812 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Arizona State Retirement System grew its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 1.4% during the second quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 14,600 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,082,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. 95.48% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) traded up $0.20 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $76.86. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 288,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 458,602. Murphy USA has a twelve month low of $60.44 and a twelve month high of $81.30. The company has a quick ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,590.00, a P/E ratio of 17.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.79.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ 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 the consensus estimate of $3.43 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.16 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Murphy USA will post 4.28 earnings per share for the current year.

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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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