EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news 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. EZCORP earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.5381876193853 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

EZCORP (NASDAQ EZPW) traded up 1.95% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $10.45. 417,135 shares of the company traded hands. The company has a market capitalization of $567.39 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.08 and a beta of 1.96. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $9.66 and its 200 day moving average price is $8.88. EZCORP has a 12-month low of $7.55 and a 12-month high of $12.00.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $183.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $182.10 million. EZCORP had a net margin of 3.16% and a return on equity of 3.65%. EZCORP’s quarterly revenue was up 7.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts forecast that EZCORP will post $0.51 EPS for the current year.

Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $12.00 price target (up from $10.50) on shares of EZCORP in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Sidoti initiated coverage on shares of EZCORP in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. They issued a “neutral” rating on the stock. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.00.

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EZCORP Company Profile

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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