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Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) Shares Down Despite Recent Market Volatility

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR)’s stock price has gone decline by -3.45 in comparison to its previous close of 37.39, however, the company has experienced a 1.83% increase in its stock price over the last five trading days. Barron’s reported on 06/03/22 that 5 Stocks for $150 Oil

Is It Worth Investing in Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) Right Now?

The price-to-earnings ratio for Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR) is 4.47x, which is above its average ratio. Moreover, the 36-month beta value for MUR is 2.37. Analysts have varying opinions on the stock, with 7 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 1 as “overweight,” 9 as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”

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The average price recommended by analysts for Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) is $48.50, which is $11.83 above the current market price. The public float for MUR is 146.50M and currently, short sellers hold a 5.58% of that float. On May 26, 2023, MUR’s average trading volume was 1.70M shares.

MUR’s Market Performance

MUR stock saw an increase of 1.83% in the past week, with a monthly gain of 2.30% and a quarterly increase of -8.56%. The volatility ratio for the week is 3.68%, and the volatility levels for the last 30 days are 3.78% for Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR). The simple moving average for the last 20 days is 3.46% for MUR’s stock, with a simple moving average of -10.60% for the last 200 days.

MUR Trading at -0.17% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought MUR to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -29.61% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 3.78%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 3.68%, as shares surge +0.64% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +5.31% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, MUR rose by +1.83%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +7.95% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $34.90. In addition, Murphy Oil Corporation saw -16.07% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further losses.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at MUR starting from MIRELES THOMAS J, who sale 14,500 shares at the price of $35.14 back on May 18. After this action, MIRELES THOMAS J now owns 58,372 shares of Murphy Oil Corporation, valued at $509,472 using the latest closing price.

Utsch Louis W, the Vice President of Murphy Oil Corporation, sale 10,902 shares at $43.50 during a trade that took place back on Feb 14, which means that Utsch Louis W is holding 9,504 shares at $474,237 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for MUR

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +44.41 for the present operating margin
  • +52.13 for the gross margin

The net margin for Murphy Oil Corporation stands at +22.92. The total capital return value is set at 23.99, while invested capital returns managed to touch 12.94. Equity return is now at value 26.50, with 12.30 for asset returns.

Based on Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR), the company’s capital structure generated 55.78 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 35.81. Total debt to assets is 27.03, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 51.36. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 32.97.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 1.94, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.30. The receivables turnover for the company is 13.00 and the total asset turnover is 0.41. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 0.77.


To wrap up, the performance of Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) has been mixed in recent times. The stock has received a mixed of “buy” and “hold” ratings from analysts. It’s important to note that the stock is currently trading at a significant distance from its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.