Favorable Media Coverage Very Likely to Impact EZCORP (EZPW) Share Price

Favorable Media Coverage Very Likely to Impact EZCORP (EZPW) Share Price

Headlines about EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) have trended positive recently, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. EZCORP earned a news impact score of 0.50 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned media stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 82 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is very likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) traded up 2.27% on Friday, hitting $9.00. The stock had a trading volume of 257,845 shares. The company’s market capitalization is $488.63 million. EZCORP has a 52 week low of $4.40 and a 52 week high of $12.00. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $8.51 and a 200 day moving average of $9.70.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The credit services provider reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.01. The firm earned $189.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $190.04 million. EZCORP had a positive return on equity of 1.23% and a negative net margin of 9.26%. The company’s revenue was up .7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that EZCORP will post $0.50 earnings per share for the current year.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on EZPW. Zacks Investment Research lowered EZCORP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $11.00 target price on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Wednesday, January 11th. Stephens initiated coverage on EZCORP in a research note on Thursday, January 12th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $8.00 price target for the company. Finally, TheStreet downgraded EZCORP from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 12th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. EZCORP has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.00.

About EZCORP

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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