El Pollo Loco Holdings (LOCO) Getting Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Report Finds

News stories about El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) have been trending somewhat negative recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo Loco Holdings earned a news sentiment score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 47.4459279102196 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) traded down $1.45 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $9.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,311,320 shares, compared to its average volume of 244,428. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a current ratio of 0.32 and a quick ratio of 0.29. El Pollo Loco Holdings has a 52 week low of $9.75 and a 52 week high of $14.85. The firm has a market cap of $378.79, a PE ratio of 15.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 0.35.

El Pollo Loco Holdings (NASDAQ:LOCO) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.18 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $103.71 million. El Pollo Loco Holdings had a return on equity of 9.17% and a net margin of 2.27%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.18 EPS. research analysts predict that El Pollo Loco Holdings will post 0.61 earnings per share for the current year.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Robert W. Baird dropped their target price on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday. Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on El Pollo Loco Holdings from $14.00 to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub cut El Pollo Loco Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings in a research report on Friday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. El Pollo Loco Holdings currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $13.00.

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About El Pollo Loco Holdings

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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