Media stories about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 47.3349129765412 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Murphy USA (MUSA) Upgraded to “Hold” at BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Murphy USA (MUSA) to Announce $0.45 EPS (americanbankingnews.com)
- Financial Contrast: Murphy USA (MUSA) versus Its Rivals (americanbankingnews.com)
- Analyzing Murphy USA (MUSA) and Its Rivals (americanbankingnews.com)
- Murphy USA (MUSA) Raised to “Buy” at BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of research firms recently weighed in on MUSA. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $98.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 price target on shares of Murphy USA in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Wells Fargo increased their price target on Murphy USA and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Stephens set a $85.00 price target on Murphy USA and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Gabelli lowered Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Thursday, January 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. Murphy USA has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $93.25.
Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The specialty retailer reported $3.58 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by $2.54. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 22.69% and a net margin of 1.91%. The firm had revenue of $3.38 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.25 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.14 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post 5 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
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Murphy USA Company Profile
Murphy USA Inc operates a chain of retail stores in the United States. The company's retail stores offer motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It operates retail stores under the Murphy USA and Murphy Express brand names. As of January 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 1,446 retail stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States.
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