News coverage about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 42.8670168578087 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- A year after Equifax’s giant data breach, the company is prospering (latimes.com)
- GAO: Equifax spent $200M on security upgrades after 2017 data breach (upi.com)
- How the Equifax hack happened, and what still needs to be done (cnet.com)
- One Year After Equifax Breach: Criminal Charges, New State Laws and Lost Chances (wsj.com)
- A year after Equifax, cybersecurity is still seeking its Holy Grail (marketwatch.com)
A number of research firms have recently commented on EFX. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 26th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $117.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price target on shares of Equifax from $135.00 to $150.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, July 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $123.54.
NYSE EFX opened at $135.91 on Friday. Equifax has a 52-week low of $89.59 and a 52-week high of $137.00. The company has a quick ratio of 1.40, a current ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. The firm has a market cap of $16.20 billion, a PE ratio of 22.77, a P/E/G ratio of 3.07 and a beta of 0.86.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 25th. The credit services provider reported $1.56 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by $0.02. Equifax had a net margin of 14.76% and a return on equity of 22.03%. The company had revenue of $876.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $886.00 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.60 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Equifax will post 5.85 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.15%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is currently 26.13%.
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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