Equifax (EFX) Receiving Somewhat Critical Press Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have been trending somewhat negative on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news sentiment score of -0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 42.7814048292573 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on EFX shares. Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $116.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on shares of Equifax to $126.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Barclays lowered shares of Equifax from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $115.00 to $128.00 in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price target for the company from $149.00 to $115.00 in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.07.

Equifax (NYSE EFX) opened at $121.49 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $14,588.40, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.49, a P/E/G ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 0.92. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $147.02. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a net margin of 16.18% and a return on equity of 24.45%. The firm had revenue of $834.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.44 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.92 EPS for the current year.

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About Equifax

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

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