Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Murphy USA Inc. (MUSA) to Announce $1.04 Earnings Per Share
Analysts expect Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA) to announce earnings of $1.04 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have issued estimates for Murphy USA’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.27 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.88. Murphy USA posted earnings per share of $1.14 in the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 8.8%. The company is expected to announce its next earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th.
On average, analysts expect that Murphy USA will report full year earnings of $4.28 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.18 to $4.43. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $4.41 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.15 to $4.65. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover Murphy USA.
Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last posted its earnings results 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 firm had revenue of $3.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.43 billion. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.19%. Murphy USA’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.16 earnings per share.
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on MUSA. BidaskClub upgraded Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. ValuEngine downgraded Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 25th. J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $84.50.
Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded up $1.18 on Friday, reaching $81.00. The company had a trading volume of 306,350 shares, compared to its average volume of 363,676. The company has a market capitalization of $2,820.00, a P/E ratio of 18.12, a PEG ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 0.79. Murphy USA has a 12 month low of $60.44 and a 12 month high of $81.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a current ratio of 1.18.
Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MUSA. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 79.5% in the second quarter. Iridian Asset Management LLC CT now owns 2,202,973 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $163,262,000 after acquiring an additional 975,880 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 31.2% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,596,956 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $110,110,000 after acquiring an additional 379,971 shares in the last quarter. Marshall Wace North America L.P. bought a new stake in shares of Murphy USA in the second quarter valued at about $10,500,000. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 481.2% in the third quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 131,593 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $9,080,000 after acquiring an additional 108,950 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Becker Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 23.8% in the third quarter. Becker Capital Management Inc. now owns 263,496 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $18,181,000 after acquiring an additional 50,740 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.48% of the company’s stock.
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Murphy USA Company Profile
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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