Equifax (EFX) Receiving Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Study Shows
Headlines about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have been trending somewhat negative on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a daily sentiment score of -0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 42.4938564566596 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
- Preparis Featured in Bluelock’s 2018 Legal Technology Predictions eBook (prweb.com)
- Equifax (EFX) Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Equifax 2017’s most-complained-about finance company (bizjournals.com)
- And the most unpopular company in 2017 was… (finance.yahoo.com)
- Report: Equifax was 2017’s most-complained-about finance company (finance.yahoo.com)
Several research analysts have issued reports on EFX shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Barclays lowered Equifax from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and increased their price objective for the stock from $115.00 to $128.00 in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $127.00 price objective on Equifax and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Stephens reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $110.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.67.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. The company had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.44 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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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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