Murphy Oil (MUR) Given Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.12

The Company's exploration and production business explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids across the world.

MUR has been the topic of a number of other reports. Stephens raised Laredo Petroleum from an underweight rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. They set a "buy" rating and a $41.00 price objective for the company.

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) was up 4.74% at $25.21 on Saturday, in a 52-week range of $23.61 to $35.19 and with a consensus analyst target price of $30.74. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Murphy Oil from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating in a report on Tuesday, April 4th. Barclays PLC upped their target price on shares of Murphy Oil from $46.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Monday, April 17th. The company now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $34.89.

Laredo Petroleum (NYSE:LPI) traded up 4.76% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $11.89. The company's stock had a trading volume of 2,467,554 shares. Sometimes, companies with strong fundamentals but with low annualized EPS of less than 4 or 5 % but analysts may talk about a huge turnaround in the earnings due to heavy order book. Murphy Oil Corporation is now trading -1.15% below its 20-day and -11.69% versus the 200-day simple moving averages while -5.14% compared with its 50-day simple moving average. Murphy Oil has a 1-year low of $23.61 and a 1-year high of $35.19.

Several analysts have released their opinion on Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR), with 2 analysts believing it is a strong buy. The oil and gas producer reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.05) by $0.01.

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) now has a Return on Assets (ROA) value of -0.2 Percent. The company had revenue of $544.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $529.61 million. On average, equities research analysts expect that Murphy Oil Co. will post $0.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Murphy Oil's revenue for the quarter was up 26.6% compared to the same quarter past year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Murphy Oil will post $0.16 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Laredo Petroleum news, Director Peter Kagan sold 163,207 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Friday, March 31st.

The stock added in the prior trading session by 4.74%, closing at the stock price of $25.21. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.77% of the company's stock. After this sale, 340 common shares of MUR are directly owned by the insider, with total stake valued at $8,571. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Albeit keeping a close eye on stock technical is very important, Investors always show anxiousness about where the stock might be heading. LSV Asset Management increased its stake in shares of Murphy Oil by 12.5% in the first quarter. DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral Genossenschafts Bank Frankfurt am Main acquired a new stake in shares of Murphy Oil during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $171,000.

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According to the Recommendation Trends of the stock polled by Finviz, the company has a consensus recommendation of 3 out of the scale from 1 to 5 where 1 stands for Buy and 5 means Sell. Public Employees Retirement System of OH increased its position in Laredo Petroleum by 2.0% in the first quarter. Similar statistics are true for the second largest owner, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management Llc, which owns 14,135,770 shares of the stock are valued at $356.36 million. Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its position in Laredo Petroleum by 13.0% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,768,877 shares of the oil and gas producer's stock valued at $86,202,000 after buying an additional 438,440 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System increased its position in Laredo Petroleum by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 1,680,945 shares of the oil and gas producer's stock valued at $52,329,000 after buying an additional 710,722 shares during the period.

The company has been one of the biggest innovators in "Independent Oil & Gas" employing approximately 1294 full time employees.

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