Media coverage about FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. FirstCash earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.1493789914271 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded shares of FirstCash from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of FirstCash from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Wedbush lifted their target price on shares of FirstCash from $55.00 to $60.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 24th. CL King downgraded shares of FirstCash from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Stephens lifted their target price on shares of FirstCash from $51.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $61.00.

FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) opened at 59.80 on Friday. FirstCash has a 12 month low of $39.80 and a 12 month high of $60.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.85 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.38 and a beta of 0.90. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $58.77 and its 200-day moving average is $53.79.

FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The credit services provider reported $0.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.05. FirstCash had a return on equity of 4.10% and a net margin of 3.66%. The company had revenue of $416.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $410.65 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.51 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 128.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that FirstCash will post $2.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, August 31st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th were paid a $0.19 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, August 11th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.27%. FirstCash’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 25.38%.

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FirstCash Company Profile

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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