Taking a Look at the Data Behind 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 $28.67, down from yesterday’s close by -0.14%. 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 $4.91 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 12.89 % 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 $120.01 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.3 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 6.49% off that level. The stock is trading $26.46 its 50-day moving average by -2.21%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $22.21.

In recent action, Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) has made a move of +10.65% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 13.41, 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 12.18% with $162.75 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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