El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) Receives Media Impact Score of -0.04

News coverage about El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) has trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo LoCo earned a media sentiment score of -0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.884463727696 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on LOCO. Zacks Investment Research upgraded El Pollo LoCo from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 price objective on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird cut their price objective on El Pollo LoCo from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $13.00.

El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) opened at $10.45 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $390.39, a P/E ratio of 47.50, a P/E/G ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.31 and a current ratio of 0.35. El Pollo LoCo has a 52 week low of $9.55 and a 52 week high of $14.85.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $103.71 million. El Pollo LoCo had a net margin of 2.27% and a return on equity of 9.14%. The company’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.18 earnings per share. research analysts predict that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current year.

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About El Pollo LoCo

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc specializes in fire-grilling citrus-marinated chicken and operates in the limited service restaurant (LSR) segment. The Company’s menu features its signature product, citrus-marinated fire-grilled chicken, and a range of Mexican-inspired entrees that it creates from chicken.

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