Headlines about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have trended positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.72833366228 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Gabelli downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $98.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Stephens set a $85.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $93.25.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) opened at $74.89 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 1.15. Murphy USA has a 1 year low of $62.76 and a 1 year high of $89.69. The stock has a market cap of $2,538.37, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.84, a P/E/G ratio of 1.79 and a beta of 0.77.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The specialty retailer reported $3.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $2.54. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.91% and a return on equity of 22.69%. The company had revenue of $3.38 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.25 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.14 EPS. Murphy USA’s quarterly revenue was up 10.6% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Murphy USA will post 5.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal 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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