Somewhat Critical Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Equifax (EFX) Stock Price
Media stories about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a media sentiment score of -0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 44.1179151610112 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- One Thing That Could Slow Facebook (FB) Stock Down in 2018 (zacks.com)
- The Week Ahead: The Year’s Biggest Biotech Conference, Host Of IPO Quiet Period Expirations, And Other Coming Catalysts (finance.yahoo.com)
- Analysts See $0.23 EPS for Aritzia Inc. (ATZ); Shorts at Equifax (EFX) Lowered By 50.51% – Hill Country Times (hillcountrytimes.com)
- ETFs with exposure to Equifax, Inc. : December 8, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Equifax to Meet with Investors in New York City, Toronto, and Montreal (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on EFX shares. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $149.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, September 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Equifax from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada downgraded Equifax from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $109.40 to $113.00 in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on Equifax from $144.00 to $140.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company set a $127.00 price objective on Equifax and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $128.07.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) traded up $1.12 on Monday, hitting $118.52. The stock had a trading volume of 1,291,329 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,590,889. Equifax has a 52 week low of $89.59 and a 52 week high of $147.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,100.00, a PE ratio of 19.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. The company had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $847.28 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.44 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Equifax will post 5.93 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be given a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.32%. Equifax’s payout ratio is 35.21%.
Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.
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