Media headlines about El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ:LOCO) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo Loco earned a news impact score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.2750683881332 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
El Pollo Loco (LOCO) traded up $0.35 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $10.70. The company had a trading volume of 333,490 shares, compared to its average volume of 297,225. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.35 and a quick ratio of 0.31. The stock has a market cap of $400.06, a P/E ratio of 16.17, a PEG ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 0.31. El Pollo Loco has a 52-week low of $9.55 and a 52-week high of $14.85.
El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). El Pollo Loco had a return on equity of 9.14% and a net margin of 2.27%. The company had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $103.71 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.18 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that El Pollo Loco will post 0.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.
A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of El Pollo Loco in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo Loco from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Robert W. Baird reduced their price objective on El Pollo Loco from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 price objective on shares of El Pollo Loco in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley reduced their target price on El Pollo Loco from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. El Pollo Loco currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.00.
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El Pollo Loco Company Profile
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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