News stories about First Cash (NYSE:FCFS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Cash earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 49.2757160857602 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several brokerages recently issued reports on FCFS. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Cash from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. CL King lowered shares of First Cash from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. JMP Securities increased their target price on shares of First Cash and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Cash from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $69.00 price objective on shares of First Cash and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $65.14.

First Cash (NYSE:FCFS) traded up $0.90 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $64.60. 313,100 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 234,866. First Cash has a 1-year low of $39.80 and a 1-year high of $65.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20, a current ratio of 6.57 and a quick ratio of 4.30. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,006.97, a P/E ratio of 24.70 and a beta of 0.76.

First Cash (NYSE:FCFS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The credit services provider reported $0.61 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.60 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $435.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $418.57 million. First Cash had a net margin of 6.41% and a return on equity of 8.45%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 66.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.58 earnings per share. research analysts predict that First Cash will post 2.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 13th will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.24%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 10th. This is a positive change from First Cash’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. First Cash’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.19%.

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First Cash Company Profile

FirstCash, Inc, formerly First Cash Financial Services, Inc, is an operator of retail-based pawn stores in the United States and Latin America. The Company’s primary business is the operation of full-service pawn stores, which make small pawn loans secured by personal property, such as consumer electronics, jewelry, power tools, household appliances, sporting goods and musical instruments.

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