Murphy USA Inc (MUSA) Position Trimmed by MetLife Investment Advisors LLC

MetLife Investment Advisors LLC lessened its holdings in shares of Murphy USA Inc (NYSE:MUSA) by 18.7% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 31,186 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 7,158 shares during the period. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC owned 0.10% of Murphy USA worth $2,390,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. boosted its stake in shares of Murphy USA by 227.0% during the 4th quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 412 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $32,000 after acquiring an additional 286 shares during the period. Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new stake in Murphy USA during the 4th quarter worth approximately $167,000. Riverhead Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Murphy USA during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $171,000. Neuburgh Advisers LLC lifted its holdings in Murphy USA by 24.3% during the 4th quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC now owns 2,288 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $175,000 after purchasing an additional 448 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Town & Country Bank & Trust CO dba First Bankers Trust CO acquired a new stake in Murphy USA during the 4th quarter worth approximately $246,000. Institutional investors own 83.31% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE MUSA traded down $2.95 during trading on Friday, reaching $81.68. The company had a trading volume of 438,465 shares, compared to its average volume of 333,121. Murphy USA Inc has a 12 month low of $61.05 and a 12 month high of $88.34. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.64 billion, a PE ratio of 15.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.60 and a beta of 0.77. The company has a current ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The specialty retailer reported $2.38 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.64 by ($0.26). Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.49% and a return on equity of 24.36%. The company had revenue of $3.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.48 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $3.58 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, analysts forecast that Murphy USA Inc will post 4.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have weighed in on MUSA. ValuEngine raised Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $97.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, April 8th. Finally, Gabelli reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Murphy USA in a report on Friday, February 1st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Murphy USA presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $86.00.

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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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