World Acceptance (WRLD) Given Coverage Optimism Score of 0.03

News coverage about World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. World Acceptance earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 46.8641739076976 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

WRLD has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of World Acceptance in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised World Acceptance from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded World Acceptance from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, December 9th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. World Acceptance has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $59.00.

World Acceptance (WRLD) opened at $80.96 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $728.01, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.06 and a beta of 2.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a quick ratio of 16.43 and a current ratio of 16.43. World Acceptance has a 52 week low of $42.01 and a 52 week high of $88.26.

World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.93 by ($0.83). World Acceptance had a return on equity of 13.90% and a net margin of 12.02%. The company had revenue of $131.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $130.20 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.18 earnings per share. World Acceptance’s quarterly revenue was up 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that World Acceptance will post 7.24 earnings per share for the current year.

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About World Acceptance

World Acceptance Corporation operates a small-loan consumer finance business in 15 states and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company offers short-term small installment loans, medium-term larger installment loans, related credit insurance and ancillary products and services to individuals. The Company offers standardized installment loans generally between $300 and $4,000 through 1,339 branches in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Mexico as of March 31, 2016.

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