Media coverage about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has been trending somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. 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 assigned media coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 38.9875205690779 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:
- Former Equifax exec charged with insider trading (finance.yahoo.com)
- Ex-Equifax exec charged with insider trading before 2017 data breach was revealed (finance.yahoo.com)
- Former Equifax CIO Jun Ying Accused of Insider Trading (finance.yahoo.com)
- DOJ: Former Equifax exec traded stock before cyber breach was reported (finance.yahoo.com)
- U.S. charges former Equifax executive with insider trading (feeds.reuters.com)
A number of research firms recently issued reports on EFX. SunTrust Banks raised their target price on shares of Equifax to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $132.00 target price (up from $127.00) on shares of Equifax in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered their target price on shares of Equifax to $121.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Barclays lowered their target price on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 5th. Finally, William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $130.07.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.35 by $0.04. Equifax had a net margin of 17.47% and a return on equity of 23.31%. The firm had revenue of $838.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $825.70 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.42 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Equifax will post 5.92 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.27%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 9th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.21%.
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Equifax Company Profile
Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.
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