News coverage about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative 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 media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.8966121423357 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded up $1.74 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $76.31. 645,088 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 356,694. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 0.77. The stock has a market cap of $2,660.00, a PE ratio of 17.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.79. Murphy USA has a 52-week low of $60.44 and a 52-week high of $81.30.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. The firm had revenue of $3.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.43 billion. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.19%. The business’s revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.16 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post 4.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several analysts have commented on MUSA shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. BidaskClub cut shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, September 2nd. J P Morgan Chase & Co cut shares of Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.50.

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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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