Somewhat Critical News Coverage Unlikely to Affect FirstCash (FCFS) Stock Price

News stories about FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) have trended somewhat negative on Friday, Alpha One reports. Alpha One, a unit of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FirstCash earned a news impact score of -0.05 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 38 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) traded down 0.10% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $50.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 207,146 shares. The firm has a market cap of $2.42 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.16 and a beta of 0.90. FirstCash has a one year low of $39.80 and a one year high of $53.29. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $46.35 and its 200 day moving average price is $46.03.

FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 2nd. The credit services provider reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.76 by $0.01. The firm earned $462.04 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $451.64 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 141.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.69 EPS. Analysts predict that FirstCash will post $2.53 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of brokerages recently commented on FCFS. TheStreet raised FirstCash from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Monday. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of FirstCash in a research note on Friday, April 7th. Wedbush increased their price target on FirstCash from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered FirstCash from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 31st. Finally, Stephens began coverage on FirstCash in a research note on Thursday, January 12th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $44.00 price target for the company. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. FirstCash currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $53.43.

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About FirstCash

FirstCash, Inc, formerly First Cash Financial Services, Inc, is an operator of retail-based pawn stores in the United States and Latin America. The Company’s primary business is the operation of full-service pawn stores, which make small pawn loans secured by personal property, such as consumer electronics, jewelry, power tools, household appliances, sporting goods and musical instruments.

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