Just the Facts on Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR)

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Independent Oil & Gas. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $33.24, down from yesterday’s close by -3.60%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) currently trades with a market capitalization of $5.62 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 16.58 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $30.75 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.36 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 2.15% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Murphy Oil Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $35.16. It is now trading 1.92% off that level. The stock is trading $30.21 its 50-day moving average by -3.03%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $22.21.

In recent action, Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) has made a move of +8.70% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.11, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 12.61% with $162.66 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MUR.

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