EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reiterated by stock analysts at Jefferies Group LLC in a research note issued on Thursday.

Several other research analysts have also recently issued reports on EZPW. TheStreet raised EZCORP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Friday, May 19th. BidaskClub cut EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Zacks Investment Research raised EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.75 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Finally, Sidoti initiated coverage on EZCORP in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. EZCORP presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.42.

EZCORP (NASDAQ EZPW) traded down 0.276% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $9.025. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 186,795 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $8.65 and a 200 day moving average of $8.56. The firm has a market cap of $490.02 million, a P/E ratio of 20.795 and a beta of 1.95. EZCORP has a 52-week low of $7.55 and a 52-week high of $12.00.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.01. EZCORP had a net margin of 3.16% and a return on equity of 3.65%. The firm had revenue of $183.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $182.10 million. EZCORP’s revenue was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that EZCORP will post $0.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 4.3% during the first quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 370,583 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,020,000 after buying an additional 15,202 shares during the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 17.8% during the first quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 45,954 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $375,000 after buying an additional 6,935 shares during the last quarter. Comerica Bank boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 4.3% during the first quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 53,848 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $501,000 after buying an additional 2,212 shares during the last quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 20.8% during the second quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. now owns 3,075,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $23,524,000 after buying an additional 528,591 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Sanders Morris Harris LLC boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 11.3% during the second quarter. Sanders Morris Harris LLC now owns 246,200 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,896,000 after buying an additional 25,000 shares during the last quarter. 89.43% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About EZCORP

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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