EZCORP (EZPW) Getting Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows
News headlines about EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) have trended positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. EZCORP earned a media sentiment score of 0.30 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 96 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Shares of EZCORP (NASDAQ EZPW) traded down 0.833% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $8.925. 50,515 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. EZCORP has a 12-month low of $6.58 and a 12-month high of $12.00. The company has a 50 day moving average of $8.77 and a 200 day moving average of $9.25. The stock has a market cap of $484.56 million, a P/E ratio of 39.844 and a beta of 1.93.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The credit services provider reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $189.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $190.04 million. EZCORP had a net margin of 1.73% and a return on equity of 3.29%. EZCORP’s quarterly revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that EZCORP will post $0.51 EPS for the current year.
Several brokerages recently commented on EZPW. TheStreet upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Friday, May 19th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $10.50 price target on shares of EZCORP in a report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.75 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 12th. Finally, Stephens upgraded shares of EZCORP from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, April 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $9.88.
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EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, Value Pawn & 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, and Other International, which includes its CASHMAX financial services operations in Canada and its equity interest in Cash Converters International.
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