Murphy USA Inc (NYSE:MUSA) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $95.00.

MUSA has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub raised Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Gabelli downgraded Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Thursday. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA in a research note on Monday. Wells Fargo & Co raised their target price on Murphy USA and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th.

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded down $0.53 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $85.42. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 344,327 shares, compared to its average volume of 307,203. 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 cap of $2,970.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.15, a P/E/G ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.79. Murphy USA has a 12 month low of $61.01 and a 12 month high of $86.85.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.34 by $0.56. The company had revenue of $3.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.43 billion. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 24.19% and a net margin of 1.31%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.16 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Murphy USA will post 4.31 earnings per share for the current year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT increased its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 6.6% in the 3rd quarter. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT now owns 2,349,242 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $162,098,000 after acquiring an additional 146,269 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in shares of Murphy USA by 31.2% during the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,596,956 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $110,110,000 after purchasing an additional 379,971 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Murphy USA by 2.3% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,148,891 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $85,143,000 after purchasing an additional 25,895 shares during the last quarter. Royal Bank of Canada increased its position in shares of Murphy USA by 4.7% during the 2nd quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 953,807 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $70,686,000 after purchasing an additional 43,107 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Becker Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Murphy USA by 23.8% during the 3rd quarter. Becker Capital Management Inc. now owns 263,496 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $18,181,000 after purchasing an additional 50,740 shares during the last quarter. 95.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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