Headlines about World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. World Acceptance earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.0334378548001 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) opened at $111.63 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $976.41, a PE ratio of 17.42 and a beta of 2.76. World Acceptance has a fifty-two week low of $47.45 and a fifty-two week high of $121.17. The company has a current ratio of 20.25, a quick ratio of 20.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77.

World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.37 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.95 by $0.42. The firm had revenue of $136.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $137.99 million. World Acceptance had a net margin of 10.42% and a return on equity of 13.95%. The firm’s revenue was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.10 earnings per share. analysts forecast that World Acceptance will post 7.61 EPS for the current year.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on WRLD shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of World Acceptance from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, November 4th. Stephens reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $65.00 target price on shares of World Acceptance in a report on Thursday, January 4th. BidaskClub raised shares of World Acceptance from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. ValuEngine raised shares of World Acceptance from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “sell” rating and set a $80.00 price objective on shares of World Acceptance in a report on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. World Acceptance currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $82.75.

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About World Acceptance

World Acceptance Corporation operates a small-loan consumer finance business in 15 states and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company offers short-term small installment loans, medium-term larger installment loans, related credit insurance and ancillary products and services to individuals. The Company offers standardized installment loans generally between $300 and $4,000 through 1,339 branches in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Mexico as of March 31, 2016.

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