Somewhat Negative Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) Share Price

News stories about El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) have been trending somewhat negative on Monday, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. El Pollo LoCo earned a daily sentiment score of -0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.6683687942803 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) opened at $10.85 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $419.39, a P/E ratio of 49.32, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 0.30. 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 current ratio of 0.35, a quick ratio of 0.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31.

El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO) last posted its earnings results 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). The company had revenue of $101.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $103.71 million. El Pollo LoCo had a net margin of 2.27% and a return on equity of 9.14%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.18 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that El Pollo LoCo will post 0.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

LOCO has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised El Pollo LoCo from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, September 23rd. Robert W. Baird lowered their target price on El Pollo LoCo from $15.00 to $12.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of El Pollo LoCo in a report on Friday, November 3rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. El Pollo LoCo presently has a consensus 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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