BidaskClub Upgrades EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) to “Sell”

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BidaskClub upgraded shares of EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report issued on Monday, BidAskClub reports.

A number of other brokerages have also commented on EZPW. TheStreet lowered EZCORP from a b- rating to a c rating in a research note on Monday, August 5th. Sidoti dropped their price target on EZCORP from $14.00 to $10.00 and set a buy rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 12th. Jefferies Financial Group lowered EZCORP from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 8th. Zacks Investment Research lowered EZCORP from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 9th. Finally, ValuEngine raised EZCORP from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.67.

Shares of EZCORP stock opened at $5.27 on Monday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $5.41 and a 200 day moving average of $7.88. EZCORP has a 12 month low of $4.77 and a 12 month high of $11.25. The firm has a market cap of $280.00 million, a PE ratio of 5.74 and a beta of 1.67. The company has a current ratio of 8.07, a quick ratio of 5.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. CNA Financial Corp lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 17.1% in the 3rd quarter. CNA Financial Corp now owns 98,169 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $634,000 after purchasing an additional 14,369 shares during the last quarter. Boston Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 43.4% in the 3rd quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 64,185 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $414,000 after purchasing an additional 19,410 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 25.3% in the 3rd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 119,042 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $768,000 after purchasing an additional 24,025 shares during the last quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC bought a new stake in shares of EZCORP in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $520,000. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of EZCORP in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $174,000. 95.07% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

EZCORP Company Profile

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans. It operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, Latin America Pawn, and Other International. The company offers pawn loans, which are non-recourse loans collateralized by tangible personal property, including jewelry, consumer electronics, power tools, sporting goods, and musical instruments; and sells merchandise, such as collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.

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