Media coverage about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has trended somewhat negative recently, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a coverage optimism score of -0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 43.5621880522728 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:
- Cowen Reiterates Buy Rating for Equifax (EFX) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Proxy adviser ISS recommends against five Equifax directors over cyberbreach (feeds.reuters.com)
- W. Va. AG Piles Onto Flood Of Equifax Data Breach Suits (law360.com)
- ‘Is my personal data safe following Equifax hack?’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- 'Is my personal data safe following Equifax hack?' (uk.finance.yahoo.com)
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Bank of America assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, April 10th. They set an “underperform” rating and a $115.00 target price for the company. SunTrust Banks lifted their target price on shares of Equifax to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. Wells Fargo reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $132.00 target price (up from $127.00) on shares of Equifax in a report on Monday, March 5th. Royal Bank of Canada cut their target price on shares of Equifax to $121.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, Barclays cut their price target on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $127.33.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.04. Equifax had a net margin of 17.47% and a return on equity of 23.31%. The company had revenue of $838.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $825.70 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.42 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.91 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.34%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. Equifax’s payout ratio is 26.13%.
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Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.
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