Which way Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR) insiders are heading

Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) up 6.08 per cent in the past week, is under coverage of 19 analysts who collectively recommend a sell rating on stock. 0 of the analysts have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 4 underperforms. The 17 equity analysts who rate the stock have an average target price at $28, with individual targets ranging between $13 and $35. The shares closed last trade at $32.79, implying that analysts see shares falling about -14.61 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Activity: Insiders look pessimistic about the prospects of the company that they seem to offload shares while they are 50.91 up so far this year. A Vice President & Treasurer at Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) sold shares in the company in a transaction completed on Monday May 23, 2016. Gardner John B offloaded 1,246 shares in the company at an average price of $29.39 and ended up generating $36,620 in proceeds. Gardner John B retains 340 shares in the company after this transaction. A Vice President in the company, Misner Allan J., on Tuesday May 10, 2016 collected $210,520 from the sale of 7,163 shares at $29.39 each. Insiders are expected to know better about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Earnings to Watch: Investors considering MUR stock at the going market price of $32.79/share should know the stock will next release quarterly results for the June 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, analysts expect the company to deliver -$0.48 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a 0% year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same period is expected to arrive at $474.33M.

Earnings Roundup: In the last fiscal quarter alone, Murphy Oil Corporation generated around $430.3M in revenue and net income of -$0.66/share. That compares with the consensus estimate $446.29M and -$0.71/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the company hit $658.09M, with earnings at -$0.76/share.

Analyst Coverage: Oppenheimer has been a brokerage house following shares of Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR), so its rating change is noteworthy. The stock was downgraded to Perform from Outperform, wrote analysts at Oppenheimer, in a note issued to clients on Friday July 31, 2015. There was another key note issued by UBS on Thursday July 30, 2015. The firm lifted its rating on MUR from Sell to Neutral.

Price Momentum: Despite the 4.33% increase in value, the stock’s new closing price represents a -21.91% fall in value from company’s one year high of $44.37. The stock is currently holding above its 50 day moving average of $11.4 and above its 200 day moving average of $31.45. Over the last three months and over the last six months, the shares of Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR), have changed 31.3% and 24.44%, respectively.

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (NYSE:SHO) at $11.93: How much higher it can go

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (SHO) down -0.91 per cent in the past week, is under coverage of 16 analysts who collectively recommend a hold rating on stock. 7 of the analysts have a buy or better rating; the 0 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 13 equity analysts who rate the stock have an average target price at $13.81, with individual targets ranging between $11 and $16. The shares closed last trade at $11.93, implying that analysts see shares rising about 15.76 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Activity: Insiders look pessimistic about the prospects of the company that they seem to offload shares while they are -4.12 down so far this year. A Former SVP- General Counsel at Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (SHO) sold shares in the company in a transaction completed on Tuesday May 03, 2016. Sloan David Ryan offloaded 35,209 shares in the company at an average price of $12.44 and ended up generating $438,000 in proceeds. Sloan David Ryan retains 0 shares in the company after this transaction. A COO in the company, Hoffman Marc Andrew, on Friday March 11, 2016 collected $517,750 from the sale of 38,070 shares at $12.44 each. Insiders are expected to know better about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Earnings to Watch: Investors considering SHO stock at the going market price of $11.93/share should know the stock will next release quarterly results for the June 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, analysts expect the company to deliver $0.37 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -13.95% year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same period is expected to arrive at $323.55M.

Earnings Roundup: In the last fiscal quarter alone, Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. generated around $274.29M in revenue and net income of $0.21/share. That compares with the consensus estimate $277.91M and $0.2/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the company hit $300.93M, with earnings at $0.3/share.

Analyst Coverage: BB&T Capital Mkts has been a brokerage house following shares of Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (SHO), so its rating change is noteworthy. The stock was initiated at Hold, wrote analysts at BB&T Capital Mkts, in a note issued to clients on Wednesday May 18, 2016. There was another key note issued by BofA/Merrill on Wednesday February 17, 2016. The firm lifted its rating on SHO from Underperform to Buy.

Price Momentum: Despite the 0% decrease in value, the stock’s new closing price represents a -17.53% fall in value from company’s one year high of $16.04. The stock is currently holding above its 50 day moving average of $-7.05 and below its 200 day moving average of $12.53. Over the last three months and over the last six months, the shares of Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. (SHO), have changed -5.2% and 12.76%, respectively.

Analysts: SM Energy Company (NYSE:SM) stock is worth $31.27

SM Energy Company (SM) up 10.06 per cent in the past week, is under coverage of 27 analysts who collectively recommend a hold rating on stock. 8 of the analysts have a buy or better rating; the 0 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 20 equity analysts who rate the stock have an average target price at $31.27, with individual targets ranging between $15 and $58. The shares closed last trade at $34.69, implying that analysts see shares falling about -9.86 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Activity: Insiders look optimistic about the prospects of the company that they seem to accumulate shares while they are 76.79 up so far this year. A EVP – Operations at SM Energy Company (SM) purchased shares in the company in a transaction completed on Tuesday March 01, 2016. Vogel Herbert S accumulated 6,000 shares in the company at an average price of $8.64 and ended up spending $51,840 in the investment. Vogel Herbert S now have 21,445 shares in the company after this transaction. A President & CEO in the company, Ottoson Javan D, on Monday February 29, 2016 spent $22,500 from the purchase of 2,500 shares at $8.64 each. Insiders are expected to know better about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Earnings to Watch: Investors considering SM stock at the going market price of $34.69/share should know the stock will next release quarterly results for the June 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, analysts expect the company to deliver -$0.78 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -259.18% year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same period is expected to arrive at $326.35M.

Earnings Roundup: In the last fiscal quarter alone, SM Energy Company generated around $143.08M in revenue and net income of -$0.83/share. That compares with the consensus estimate $331.59M and -$0.84/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the company hit $303.73M, with earnings at -$0.9/share.

Analyst Coverage: Guggenheim has been a brokerage house following shares of SM Energy Company (SM), so its rating change is noteworthy. The stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy, wrote analysts at Guggenheim, in a note issued to clients on Thursday April 21, 2016. There was another key note issued by KLR Group on Monday April 18, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on SM from Buy to Accumulate.

Price Momentum: Despite the 2.27% increase in value, the stock’s new closing price represents a -30.9% fall in value from company’s one year high of $49.45. The stock is currently holding above its 50 day moving average of $29.54 and above its 200 day moving average of $29.82. Over the last three months and over the last six months, the shares of SM Energy Company (SM), have changed 37.85% and 20.63%, respectively.