Shares of EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) hit a new 52-week high on Monday . The company traded as high as $13.88 and last traded at $13.90, with a volume of 340298 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.55.
A number of analysts have weighed in on EZPW shares. Zacks Investment Research raised EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. ValuEngine raised EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price target on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, BidaskClub cut EZCORP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. EZCORP has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $13.50.
The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 7.77 and a quick ratio of 5.47. The firm has a market cap of $757.06, a PE ratio of 18.53 and a beta of 1.62.
Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of EZPW. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC acquired a new position in shares of EZCORP during the 3rd quarter worth about $114,000. PEAK6 Investments L.P. acquired a new position in shares of EZCORP during the 4th quarter worth about $135,000. Advisor Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of EZCORP by 222.2% during the 4th quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 14,500 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $177,000 after purchasing an additional 10,000 shares during the last quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. acquired a new position in shares of EZCORP during the 3rd quarter worth about $188,000. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC increased its stake in EZCORP by 13.9% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 26,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $202,000 after acquiring an additional 3,208 shares during the period. 92.48% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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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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