Renaissance Technologies LLC Increases Position in EZCORP Inc (EZPW)

Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its position in EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 4.1% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 1,052,918 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 41,500 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC’s holdings in EZCORP were worth $11,214,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. ClariVest Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of EZCORP during the third quarter worth approximately $108,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 1.0% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 11,370 shares of the company’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 110 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new position in shares of EZCORP during the fourth quarter worth approximately $132,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 28.9% in the third quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 12,485 shares of the company’s stock worth $138,000 after buying an additional 2,800 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Airain ltd bought a new position in shares of EZCORP during the third quarter worth approximately $145,000. 87.57% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW)

EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) opened at 8.20 on Tuesday. The company’s market capitalization is $445.19 million. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $9.01 and a 200-day moving average price of $10.16. EZCORP Inc has a one year low of $2.75 and a one year high of $12.00.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 2nd. The company reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.02. EZCORP had a positive return on equity of 1.23% and a negative net margin of 9.26%. The firm earned $192.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $201.72 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.06 earnings per share. EZCORP’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that EZCORP Inc will post $0.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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A number of equities analysts recently commented on EZPW shares. Zacks Investment Research raised EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, December 14th. TheStreet cut EZCORP from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Thursday, January 12th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $11.00 target price on shares of EZCORP in a report on Wednesday, January 11th. Wells Fargo & Co cut EZCORP from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, December 12th. Finally, Stephens started coverage on EZCORP in a report on Thursday, January 12th. They issued an “underweight” rating and a $8.00 target price on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. EZCORP has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.56.

EZCORP Company Profile

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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