How Have Insiders Been Trading Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) Stock?

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) saw a downside of -1.02% to close Monday at $29.21 after subtracting -$0.3 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 2,578,820 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $30.25 in the past week. An average of 2,374,690 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 2,107,024.

MUR’s 1-month performance is 45.25% or $9.10 on its low of $19.48 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $7.00 and high of $29.59, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 10/11/21. YTD, MUR has achieved 141.40% or $17.11. However, the current price is down -1.28%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Jun 23, 111 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR). Mirosh Walentin (Retired Director) most recently sold 8,000 shares at $25.42 per share on Jun 23. This transaction cost the insider $203,373. Vice President & Treasurer, GARDNER JOHN B, sold 2,674 shares at a price of $24.61 on Jun 03. Then, on May 25, Vice President Martinez Maria A sold 6,087 shares at a price of $21.25 per share. This transaction amounted to $129,351.

Valuation Metrics

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 18.90 for the broader industry and 19.63 for the sector. The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 397.56 and a low of 0.6629. MUR stock has a beta of 3.03. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.57 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.16, with the price to cash flow ratio at 4.50.

Murphy Oil Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share. Its dividend yield is 1.71%. MUR paid $0.1250 a share compared with prior rate of $0.1250, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 2 consecutive years with the latest dividend decrease of $0.1250 reported on Friday April 3 2020. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by -37.50% yearly.

It is projected that Murphy Oil Corporation’s next ex-dividend date will be on 12-Nov-2021. MUR is expected to distribute $0.125 as its next dividend.

Murphy Oil Corporation’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 0.70, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.70 meaning that MUR stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.71, while the total debt to equity was 0.71. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 71.50%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 41.93% while for the period ending June 29; Murphy Oil Corporation’s operating margin was -43.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at -$1.36 billion against revenue of $1.97 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected MUR to announce $0.33 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.59, representing a 78.80% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $241.35 million. MUR stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 6.56 billion, with total debt at $3.76 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $154.44 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 76.75% to suggest the stock is trending Overbought, with historical volatility in this time period at 48.17%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $28.07, reflecting a +5.53% or $1.53 change from its current price. MUR is currently trading +38.17% above its 20-day SMA, +41.38% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +34.55% and +136.33% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 93.35% and 89.23% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.34. The RSI (14) points at 72.74%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 89.21% with the period’s ATR at 1.29. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 1.70 and 3.22 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR), Scotiabank upgraded it to a Sector outperform rating. They previously had a Sector perform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for MUR stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate MUR as a “sell,”, while 12 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 3 rates the stock as overweight while 3 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is MUR’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $18.00 and a high of $40.00, with their median price target at $27.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) stock is $28.44.


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