TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC Lowers Position in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW)

TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC decreased its stake in shares of EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 22.6% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 204,955 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 59,744 shares during the period. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC’s holdings in EZCORP were worth $1,670,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Rovida Advisors Inc. raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 27.3% in the first quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. now owns 2,546,409 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $20,626,000 after buying an additional 546,409 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,159,125 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $12,345,000 after buying an additional 54,755 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 0.7% in the first quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 431,402 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,516,000 after buying an additional 2,913 shares in the last quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 28.1% in the first quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 397,243 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,238,000 after buying an additional 87,045 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 4.3% in 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 in the last quarter. 86.10% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ EZPW) opened at 8.85 on Thursday. EZCORP, Inc. has a 1-year low of $7.55 and a 1-year high of $12.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $8.15 and a 200 day moving average price of $8.64. The company has a market cap of $480.52 million, a PE ratio of 20.39 and a beta of 1.98.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ 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 business had revenue of $183.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $182.10 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that EZCORP, Inc. will post $0.53 earnings per share for the current year.

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Several equities research analysts have weighed in on EZPW shares. 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. BidaskClub lowered EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $10.50 target price on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Finally, TheStreet raised EZCORP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Friday, May 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. EZCORP currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $9.88.

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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