Press coverage about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has been trending negative on Saturday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news sentiment score of -0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 41.4532396532365 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Equifax hack exposed more information than we thought, documents show (latimes.com)
- [$$] Equifax Hack Might Be Worse Than You Think (finance.yahoo.com)
- Another new report chips away at Equifax’s integrity (finance.yahoo.com)
- Shares of Equifax dive because data breach was reportedly worse than everyone thought (cnbc.com)
- U.S. senators ask consumer watchdog head for details on Equifax probe (finance.yahoo.com)
Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Equifax from $112.00 to $119.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price objective on shares of Equifax to $126.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a report on Friday, January 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $137.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Barclays lowered shares of Equifax from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $115.00 to $128.00 in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.07.
Shares of Equifax (EFX) opened at $112.20 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. The firm has a market cap of $13,470.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.00 and a beta of 0.92. Equifax has a twelve month low of $89.59 and a twelve month high of $147.02.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a net margin of 16.18% and a return on equity of 24.45%. The company had revenue of $834.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.44 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Equifax will post 5.92 EPS for the current year.
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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