Press coverage about El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ:LOCO) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo Loco earned a media sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 46.0859592285106 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

El Pollo Loco (LOCO) opened at $10.20 on Wednesday. El Pollo Loco has a fifty-two week low of $9.55 and a fifty-two week high of $14.85. The company has a market cap of $394.25, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.78, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 0.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 0.35 and a quick ratio of 0.31.

El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). El Pollo Loco had a net margin of 2.27% and a return on equity of 9.14%. The company had revenue of $101.16 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $103.71 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.18 earnings per share. El Pollo Loco’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that El Pollo Loco will post 0.62 EPS for the current year.

LOCO has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. BidaskClub downgraded shares of El Pollo Loco from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of El Pollo Loco from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Robert W. Baird lowered their target price on shares of El Pollo Loco from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on shares of El Pollo Loco from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $13.00.

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About El Pollo Loco

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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