News stories about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.6681239413439 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) traded up 1.05% during trading on Friday, reaching $69.36. 347,006 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Murphy USA has a 12 month low of $57.13 and a 12 month high of $79.98. The company has a market cap of $2.50 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.50 and a beta of 0.68. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $72.95 and its 200 day moving average is $69.56.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.09 by $0.42. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.15% and a return on equity of 20.19%. The business had revenue of $3.21 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.27 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.17 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Murphy USA will post $3.76 EPS for the current year.

Several research firms have weighed in on MUSA. Stephens cut shares of Murphy USA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 price objective (up from $77.00) on shares of Murphy USA in a research report on Monday, July 17th. William Blair began coverage on shares of Murphy USA in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Murphy USA currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $83.25.

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In related news, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.46, for a total value of $73,603.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 18,169 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,298,356.74. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 7.30% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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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