EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the six research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has issued a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.00.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on EZPW shares. Jefferies Financial Group lowered EZCORP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 8th. B. Riley lowered their target price on EZCORP from $14.00 to $12.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research cut EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 9th. BidaskClub upgraded EZCORP from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, November 25th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded EZCORP from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Pinebridge Investments L.P. boosted its holdings in EZCORP by 39.0% in the 2nd quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. now owns 94,076 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $891,000 after buying an additional 26,378 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its position in shares of EZCORP by 44.7% during the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,794,921 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $16,998,000 after acquiring an additional 554,121 shares in the last quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp boosted its holdings in shares of EZCORP by 5.8% in the third quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp now owns 507,978 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,279,000 after acquiring an additional 27,844 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its holdings in shares of EZCORP by 6.4% in the third quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 168,387 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,087,000 after acquiring an additional 10,129 shares during the period. Finally, Aperio Group LLC grew its position in shares of EZCORP by 27.0% in the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 38,137 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $361,000 after purchasing an additional 8,097 shares in the last quarter. 95.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of EZPW stock traded up $0.03 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $5.22. 1,295,736 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 458,263. The company has a current ratio of 8.07, a quick ratio of 5.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32. The stock has a market capitalization of $289.42 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.61 and a beta of 1.67. The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of $5.30 and a 200 day simple moving average of $7.69. EZCORP has a 52-week low of $4.77 and a 52-week high of $11.25.

EZCORP Company Profile

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans. It operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, Latin America Pawn, and Other International. The company offers pawn loans, which are non-recourse loans collateralized by tangible personal property, including jewelry, consumer electronics, power tools, sporting goods, and musical instruments; and sells merchandise, such as collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.

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