Press coverage about FirstCash (NYSE:FCFS) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. FirstCash earned a news impact score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 48.3914100325649 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
FirstCash (NYSE:FCFS) traded down $0.65 on Friday, hitting $73.60. The stock had a trading volume of 184,888 shares, compared to its average volume of 218,756. The company has a quick ratio of 4.30, a current ratio of 6.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20. The firm has a market cap of $3,449.35 and a PE ratio of 31.84. FirstCash has a 1-year low of $42.70 and a 1-year high of $75.35.
FirstCash (NYSE:FCFS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The credit services provider reported $0.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $480.21 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $467.32 million. FirstCash had a return on equity of 8.45% and a net margin of 6.41%. FirstCash’s revenue was up 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.77 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that FirstCash will post 2.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.22 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This is a boost from FirstCash’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. This represents a $0.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.20%. FirstCash’s payout ratio is currently 34.19%.
FCFS has been the topic of a number of research reports. Wedbush raised their price target on FirstCash from $62.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. BidaskClub downgraded FirstCash from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Zacks Investment Research cut FirstCash from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price objective on shares of FirstCash in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, ValuEngine cut FirstCash from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $67.86.
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FirstCash, Inc, formerly First Cash Financial Services, Inc, is an operator of retail-based pawn stores in the United States and Latin America. The Company’s primary business is the operation of full-service pawn stores, which make small pawn loans secured by personal property, such as consumer electronics, jewelry, power tools, household appliances, sporting goods and musical instruments.
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