News articles about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have trended somewhat negative on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing 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 coverage optimism score of -0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 43.5621880522728 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- How major companies handle – and botch – public relations crises (money.cnn.com)
- No Punishment For Equifax After Massive Hack (mysanantonio.com)
- [$$] SunTrust Employee May Have Stolen Information About 1.5 Million Clients (finance.yahoo.com)
- Equifax (EFX) Lowered to “Hold” at BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
- Attorney General files lawsuit over Equifax data breach (hampshirereview.com)
NYSE EFX traded up $0.10 during trading on Friday, hitting $118.88. The stock had a trading volume of 949,929 shares, compared to its average volume of 822,590. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 0.60 and a quick ratio of 0.60. The company has a market cap of $14,280.34, a P/E ratio of 19.91, a PEG ratio of 2.58 and a beta of 0.94. Equifax has a one year low of $89.59 and a one year high of $147.02.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th were given a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.13%.
EFX has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $137.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. SunTrust Banks upped their price objective on Equifax to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Barclays reduced their price objective on Equifax from $120.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Finally, Morgan Stanley increased their price target on Equifax from $112.00 to $119.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $127.33.
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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