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Murphy Oil's (MUR) Strong Upstream Portfolios Bode Well

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Murphy Oil Corporation’s MUR cost-saving initiatives and low-cost asset development are expected to boost its performance in the future.

We issued an updated research report on this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

The company has a trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 31.98%, on average.

What’s Driving the Stock?

Murphy Oil possesses one of the best upstream portfolios among the domestic oil and natural gas integrated companies as well as independent E&P group. The company is pursuing steady E&P and development activities in the United States and other international locations.

In the past several months, the company is trying to transform through acquisitions, divestitures and oil-weighted discoveries. Focus on the development of high-margin liquid assets is evident from the production mix. During second-quarter 2019, the company completed accretive deepwater Gulf of Mexico acquisition for a cash consideration of $1.227 billion. In the third quarter, Murphy Oil completed the sale of Malaysian assets for $2 billion.

It has a long history of increasing the value of its shareholders, courtesy of steady cash flows. Since 2012, Murphy Oil returned $3.9 billion to its shareholders through buybacks and dividend payouts. Consistent performance enabled the company to reward its shareholders through regular dividend payouts.

However, a highly-competitive industry, stringent regulations and unfavorable foreign currency conversion rates are headwinds.

Price Performance

Shares of Murphy Oil have lost 51.5% in the past 12 months compared with the industry’s 51.1% decline.

Stocks to Consider

A few better-ranked stocks from the same sector are Bloom Energy Corporation BE, Devon Energy Corporation DVN and Noble Energy Inc. NBL. Bloom Energy sports a Zacks Rank #1(Strong Buy), while Devon Energy and Noble Energy hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present.

The long-term earnings growth rate of Bloom Energy, Devon Energy and Noble Energy is pegged at 25%, 4.10% and 9%, respectively.

Bloom Energy, Devon Energy and Noble Energy have a trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 75.40%, 60.57% and 144.15%, respectively, on average.

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