MPLX LP (MPLX) is Upgraded by Stifel to Buy, Price Target at $36

MPLX LP (MPLX) was Upgraded by Stifel to ” Buy” and the brokerage firm has set the Price Target at $36. Earlier the firm had a rating of “Hold ” on the company shares. Stifel advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 29, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on MPLX LP. MPLX LP was Upgraded by Credit Suisse to ” Outperform” on Apr 29, 2016. MPLX LP was Initiated by Raymond James to “Mkt Perform” on Apr 21, 2016. MPLX LP was Initiated by Stifel to “Hold” on Feb 23, 2016.

On the company’s financial health, MPLX LP reported $-0.14 EPS for the quarter, missing the analyst consensus estimate by $ -0.47 based on the information available during the earnings call on Feb 3, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.33. The company had revenue of $269.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $317.86 million. The company’s revenue was up 93.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.38 EPS.

MPLX LP opened for trading at $31.72 and hit $32.84 on the upside on Wednesday, eventually ending the session at $32.43, with a gain of 3.15% or 0.99 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 13,83,544 shares. Company has a market cap of $9,881 M.

In a different news, on Apr 13, 2016, C Corwin Bromley (Exec. VP and Gen Counsel) sold 5,000 shares at $29.58 per share price. According to the SEC, on Dec 8, 2015, Dan D Sandman (director) purchased 20,000 shares at $31.16 per share price. On Sep 14, 2015, C. Richard Wilson (director) purchased 4,000 shares at $45.67 per share price, according to the Form-4 filing with the securities and exchange commission.

MPLX LP is a fee-based master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) to own operate develop and acquire pipelines and other midstream assets related to the transportation and storage of crude oil refined products and other hydrocarbon-based products. The Company’s assets include interest in a network of common carrier crude oil and product pipeline systems and storage assets in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. It has interest in a butane cavern in Neal West Virginia with one million barrels of natural gas liquids storage capacity. It charges tariff for transporting crude oil refined products and other hydrocarbon-based products through its pipelines and at its barge dock and fees for storing crude oil and products at its storage facilities. It also operates additional crude oil and product pipelines owned by MPC and third parties for which the Company is paid operating fees. It also has interest in Pipe Line Holdings.


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