A number of other research firms also recently issued reports on EZPW. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ezcorp from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, August 26th. CL King upgraded Ezcorp from a neutral rating to a buy rating and set a $11.25 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, August 17th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co. upgraded Ezcorp from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, July 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.08.
Shares of Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) traded up 0.75% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $10.69. The company had a trading volume of 74,709 shares. Ezcorp has a 52-week low of $2.44 and a 52-week high of $11.33. The stock’s market capitalization is $577.06 million. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $10.30 and its 200 day moving average price is $7.66.
Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by $0.06. Ezcorp had a negative return on equity of 3.34% and a negative net margin of 23.29%. Equities research analysts expect that Ezcorp will post ($1.57) earnings per share for the current year.
Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Ezcorp by 295.2% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 14,433 shares of the company’s stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 10,781 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in Ezcorp by 70.6% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 16,631 shares of the company’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 6,885 shares during the period. Profund Advisors LLC increased its stake in Ezcorp by 2.2% in the second quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 16,790 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 356 shares during the period. Jefferies Group LLC acquired a new stake in Ezcorp during the second quarter worth $128,000. Finally, Sigma Planning Corp increased its stake in Ezcorp by 35.5% in the second quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 19,845 shares of the company’s stock worth $150,000 after buying an additional 5,200 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 79.56% of the company’s stock.
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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