News headlines about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news impact score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.1834165731334 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- BRIEF-Equifax To Meet With Investors In Los Angeles & Kansas City (reuters.com)
- Equifax to Meet with Investors in Los Angeles and Kansas City (prnewswire.com)
- I’m sure the former Equifax lawyer now investigating Equifax will be completely unbiased (bgr.com)
- Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax Is Now in Charge of Investigating Them (gizmodo.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Expect Equifax (EFX) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $886.13 Million (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of Equifax traded up $1.78, hitting $116.49, during trading hours on Monday, MarketBeat.com reports. 505,218 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,107,100. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a current ratio of 0.60 and a quick ratio of 0.60. The company has a market capitalization of $13.80 billion, a PE ratio of 19.51, a P/E/G ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 0.94. Equifax has a twelve month low of $89.59 and a twelve month high of $147.02.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th. The credit services provider reported $1.43 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.37 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $865.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $854.89 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 22.55% and a net margin of 15.46%. The company’s revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.44 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Equifax will post 5.94 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 25th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 24th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.34%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is presently 26.13%.
Several research analysts recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine lowered Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, May 4th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Equifax from $119.00 to $120.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, April 27th. Bank of America assumed coverage on Equifax in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $115.00 price target for the company. SunTrust Banks increased their price target on Equifax to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, Wells Fargo reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $132.00 price target (up from $127.00) on shares of Equifax in a report on Monday, March 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $127.40.
Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.
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