El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) Given Media Sentiment Rating of -0.20

Press coverage about El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) has trended somewhat negative on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo Loco Holdings earned a coverage optimism score of -0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) opened at 13.50 on Monday. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 1-year low of $10.08 and a 1-year high of $14.85. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $13.90 and a 200-day moving average of $12.80. The firm has a market cap of $519.30 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.00 and a beta of 0.33.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The restaurant operator reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $99.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $100.02 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a net margin of 4.61% and a return on equity of 9.51%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.17 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post $0.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on LOCO. Robert W. Baird increased their price objective on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $15.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, June 9th. TheStreet upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $15.25.

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About El Pollo Loco Holdings

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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