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Will Murphy Oil (MUR) Disappoint Investors in Q2 Earnings?

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Murphy Oil (MUR - Free Report) will release second-quarter 2017 financial results on Aug 2, after market close. Last quarter, this power management company witnessed a negative earnings surprise of 20%.

Let’s see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement.

Factors to Consider

As a global oil and gas exploration and production company, Murphy Oil is vulnerable to fluctuating commodity prices. During the second quarter of 2017, the price of crude oil took a nosedive. This is expected to affect the company’s top line in the quarter under review.

Additionally, the company has operations in the U.K. and Canada. Therefore, changes in foreign currency translation conversion rates also pose risks to the company.

However, with active cost control measure, the company has successfully brought down its expenses over the last few quarters. The reduced costs are expected to widen the margin of Murphy Oil, in the to-be-reported quarter.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Murphy Oil is likely to beat estimates this quarter. That is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. But that is not the case here, as you will see below.

Zacks ESP: The company’s Most Accurate estimate stands at a loss of 16 cents while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at a loss of 15 cents, resulting in an Earnings ESP of -6.67%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Zacks Rank: Murphy Oil carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). We caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell rated) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Stocks to Consider

Here are some companies you may want to consider from the Zacks categorized Oils-Energy sector as our proven model shows that they have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter.

Goodrich Petroleum Corporation (GDP - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +19.36% and carries a Zacks Rank #3. It is slated to report second-quarter 2017 earnings on Aug 4. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +2,200.00% and holds a Zacks Rank #3. It is slated to report second-quarter 2017 earnings on Aug 8.

Rice Energy Inc. has an Earnings ESP of +9.09% and carries a Zacks Rank #3. It is slated to report second-quarter 2017 earnings on Aug 2.

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