Press coverage about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has been trending somewhat negative on Friday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news impact score of -0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 38.9875205690779 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Equifax Can’t Skip Mass. AG Suit Alleging Security Failures (law360.com)
- Massachusetts judge says state can sue Equifax for data breach (cnet.com)
- Massachusetts gets judge’s approval to sue Equifax over data breach (bnn.ca)
- Massachusetts clear to sue Equifax over data breach, judge rules (seekingalpha.com)
NYSE:EFX opened at $119.21 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $14,304.35, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.04, a P/E/G ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a quick ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 0.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54. Equifax has a fifty-two week low of $89.59 and a fifty-two week high of $147.02.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 12th were paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.13%.
EFX has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. 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 reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $132.00 price objective (up from $127.00) on shares of Equifax 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 for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their target price on shares of Equifax from $112.00 to $119.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $128.21.
Equifax Company Profile
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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