EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

Several other research firms also recently commented on EZPW. Stephens raised EZCORP from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, April 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 5th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $10.50 price target on shares of EZCORP in a report on Friday, June 16th. Finally, TheStreet raised EZCORP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Friday, May 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.88.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) traded up 0.65% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $7.70. 344,310 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $8.73 and a 200 day moving average price of $9.12. The company has a market cap of $395.18 million, a PE ratio of 154.00 and a beta of 1.98. EZCORP has a 52-week low of $7.55 and a 52-week high of $12.00.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The credit services provider reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $189.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $190.04 million. EZCORP had a return on equity of 3.29% and a net margin of 1.73%. The business’s revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that EZCORP will post $0.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of EZPW. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 4.1% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,052,918 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $11,214,000 after buying an additional 41,500 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 16.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,545,649 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $37,762,000 after buying an additional 498,539 shares during the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 17.8% in the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 45,954 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $375,000 after buying an additional 6,935 shares during the last quarter. Sigma Planning Corp boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 27.9% in the first quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 20,070 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $164,000 after buying an additional 4,375 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Comerica Bank boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 4.3% in the first quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 53,848 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $501,000 after buying an additional 2,212 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 85.56% of the company’s stock.

EZCORP Company Profile

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, Value Pawn & 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, and Other International, which includes its CASHMAX financial services operations in Canada and its equity interest in Cash Converters International.

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