Media stories about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have been trending somewhat negative on Thursday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news impact score of -0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 42.4109586929506 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Lawsuit for Investors in NYSE:EFX shares against Equifax Inc. announced by Shareholders Foundation – GlobeNewswire (press release) (globenewswire.com)
- Equifax to Meet with Investors in San Francisco and Denver (finance.yahoo.com)
- U.S. stock trading audit system delayed by hack fears (CBOE, EFX) (markets.businessinsider.com)
- Equifax to Attend Investor Conferences in New York City and San Francisco (finance.yahoo.com)
Equifax (EFX) traded up $1.14 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $116.83. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,094,445 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,594,054. The stock has a market capitalization of $13,735.88, a PE ratio of 19.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a current ratio of 0.67 and a quick ratio of 0.67. Equifax has a 1 year low of $89.59 and a 1 year high of $147.02.
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, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $847.28 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. Equifax’s revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.44 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Equifax will post 5.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 22nd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.29%.
EFX has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $141.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, September 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada lowered their price target on Equifax from $154.00 to $113.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. SunTrust Banks upped their price target on Equifax from $110.00 to $155.00 in a report on Friday, September 15th. Evercore ISI reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $110.00 price objective (down previously from $174.00) on shares of Equifax in a research note on Saturday, September 16th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on Equifax from $144.00 to $140.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $128.07.
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Equifax Company Profile
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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