Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) – Equities research analysts at First Analysis cut their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for Encore Capital Group in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. First Analysis analyst L. Berlin now expects that the asset manager will post earnings of $0.93 per share for the quarter, down from their prior forecast of $0.94. First Analysis also issued estimates for Encore Capital Group’s Q1 2018 earnings at $0.89 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.94 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $1.09 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $3.94 EPS.

ECPG has been the subject of a number of other research reports. ValuEngine raised Encore Capital Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Encore Capital Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Northland Securities reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of Encore Capital Group in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Encore Capital Group in a research note on Saturday, November 18th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective on shares of Encore Capital Group in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $43.50.

Encore Capital Group (ECPG) opened at $45.55 on Monday. Encore Capital Group has a 12-month low of $26.30 and a 12-month high of $52.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.60, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a current ratio of 0.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,172.68, a P/E ratio of 12.34 and a beta of 1.81.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. State of Alaska Department of Revenue raised its stake in shares of Encore Capital Group by 79.7% during the 2nd quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 4,672 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $187,000 after purchasing an additional 2,072 shares in the last quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Encore Capital Group during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $201,000. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Encore Capital Group during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $206,000. Janney Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Encore Capital Group during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $217,000. Finally, Sigma Planning Corp bought a new stake in shares of Encore Capital Group during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $249,000.

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About Encore Capital Group

Encore Capital Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, is a specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a range of financial assets. The Company operates through Portfolio Purchasing and Recovery segment. The Company’s geographical segments include the United States, Europe and other.

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