Equifax (EFX) Receives Daily News Sentiment Score of -0.06

News coverage about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has been trending somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a news impact score of -0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 42.1672217761654 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat 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 impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Shares of Equifax stock traded down $3.44 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $117.63. 1,966,258 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,267,740. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a current ratio of 0.60. The company has a market cap of $14,786.05, a PE ratio of 24.35, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.99. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $147.02.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $838.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $825.70 million. Equifax had a net margin of 17.47% and a return on equity of 23.31%. Equifax’s quarterly revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.42 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Equifax will post 5.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.33%. Equifax’s payout ratio is 32.30%.

Several equities research analysts have commented on EFX shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. SunTrust Banks boosted their price target on shares of Equifax to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Barclays cut their price target on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Equifax from $112.00 to $119.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $130.07.

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About Equifax

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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