Murphy USA Inc (NYSE:MUSA) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $92.67.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Wells Fargo & Co increased their price objective on Murphy USA from $80.00 to $87.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 23rd. ValuEngine lowered Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 4th. Finally, Stephens raised Murphy USA from an “equal” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $92.00 to $100.00 in a research note on Tuesday, October 15th.

Shares of MUSA opened at $117.14 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $3.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.65, a PEG ratio of 6.08 and a beta of 0.71. Murphy USA has a fifty-two week low of $69.98 and a fifty-two week high of $121.24. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $108.31 and its 200 day moving average price is $91.81.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 30th. The specialty retailer reported $2.55 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.51 by $1.04. The company had revenue of $3.66 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.66 billion. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.55%. Research analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post 4.83 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in MUSA. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Murphy USA by 0.5% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,964,693 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $249,122,000 after acquiring an additional 14,864 shares during the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 14.5% in the 2nd quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 734,277 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $61,701,000 after purchasing an additional 93,089 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 1.2% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 483,763 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $40,650,000 after purchasing an additional 5,865 shares in the last quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 8.1% in the 3rd quarter. River Road Asset Management LLC now owns 432,374 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $36,882,000 after purchasing an additional 32,359 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its position in shares of Murphy USA by 5.4% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 415,672 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $34,929,000 after purchasing an additional 21,202 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.46% 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 December 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 1,474 retail stores, including 1,160 Murphy USA and 312 are standalone Murphy Express stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States.

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