El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) Earning Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Study Finds

Headlines about El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) have been trending somewhat negative recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo Loco Holdings earned a coverage optimism score of -0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the restaurant operator an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) traded up 0.42% on Tuesday, hitting $12.05. The stock had a trading volume of 276,437 shares. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 12-month low of $10.08 and a 12-month high of $14.85. The firm has a market cap of $463.53 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.78 and a beta of 0.31. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $13.56 and a 200 day moving average of $12.89.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The restaurant operator reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $105.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $105.83 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 8.15% and a net margin of 4.66%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.19 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post $0.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. BidaskClub lowered El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Morgan Stanley cut their price target on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Robert W. Baird lifted their price target on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $15.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, June 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. El Pollo Loco Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $15.00.

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El Pollo Loco Holdings Company Profile

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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