Ezcorp Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) hit a new 52-week high during mid-day trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $9.34 and last traded at $8.80, with a volume of 1,367,847 shares. The stock had previously closed at $7.64.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on EZPW. Wells Fargo & Co. upgraded Ezcorp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday. Jefferies Group upped their price objective on Ezcorp to $6.00 in a research note on Wednesday, May 11th.

The firm’s market cap is $483.90 million. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $7.04 and a 200-day moving average price of $4.58.

Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its earnings results on Monday, May 9th. The company reported ($0.07) EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of ($0.07). On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Ezcorp Inc. will post ($0.32) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Ezcorp stock. JBF Capital Inc. raised its stake in Ezcorp Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 6.0% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 533,092 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 30,000 shares during the period. Ezcorp comprises 0.3% of JBF Capital Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 20th largest position. JBF Capital Inc. owned about 0.97% of Ezcorp worth $2,660,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through four segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, value pawn and jewelry, and other branded pawn operations in the United States; Mexico Pawn, which includes its Empeno Facil pawn operations and cash converters buy/sell store operations in Mexico; Grupo Finmart, which includes its Crediamigo and Adex payroll withholding loan operations in Mexico, and Other International, which includes its CASHMAX financial services operations in Canada and its equity interest in Cash Converters International.

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