Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) had its price target upped by Jefferies Financial Group from $74.00 to $77.00 in a report released on Tuesday. The firm currently has a hold rating on the specialty retailer’s stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Murphy USA’s Q4 2018 earnings at $1.35 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $4.31 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.33 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.36 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.42 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.34 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $4.44 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $4.67 EPS, FY2021 earnings at $4.83 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $4.97 EPS.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 8th. Stephens set a $84.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $87.75.

NYSE MUSA traded down $1.87 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $79.83. The company had a trading volume of 283,443 shares, compared to its average volume of 403,371. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.60. Murphy USA has a 1-year low of $61.05 and a 1-year high of $89.69. The company has a market capitalization of $2.63 billion, a PE ratio of 18.48, a P/E/G ratio of 5.09 and a beta of 0.97.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The specialty retailer reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.49 by ($0.11). Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.83% and a return on equity of 19.13%. The company had revenue of $3.79 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.62 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.90 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 17.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts expect that Murphy USA will post 4.44 earnings per share for the current year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. First Bank & Trust boosted its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 9.7% during the second quarter. First Bank & Trust now owns 7,211 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $536,000 after buying an additional 636 shares during the period. Group One Trading L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Murphy USA during the third quarter worth about $115,000. Strs Ohio boosted its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 350.0% during the third quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 1,800 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $153,000 after buying an additional 1,400 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC lifted its position in Murphy USA by 11.0% in the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 15,773 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,348,000 after purchasing an additional 1,564 shares during the period. Finally, Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio lifted its position in Murphy USA by 14.5% in the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 15,978 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,187,000 after purchasing an additional 2,022 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.38% of the company’s stock.

About Murphy USA

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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