News articles about El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo Loco Holdings earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.421289140246 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) traded down 1.67% on Thursday, hitting $11.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 262,444 shares. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 1-year low of $10.08 and a 1-year high of $14.85. The company has a 50 day moving average of $11.75 and a 200 day moving average of $12.74. The firm has a market cap of $456.08 million, a PE ratio of 25.65 and a beta of 0.36.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $105.83 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 9.56% and a net margin of 4.66%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.19 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post $0.67 EPS for the current year.

Several research analysts have commented on the company. BidaskClub lowered El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.25.

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About El Pollo Loco Holdings

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc specializes in fire-grilling citrus-marinated chicken and operates in the limited service restaurant (LSR) segment. The Company’s menu features its signature product, citrus-marinated fire-grilled chicken, and a range of Mexican-inspired entrees that it creates from chicken.

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