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Ezcorp (EZPW) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

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In the latest trading session, Ezcorp (EZPW) closed at $10.94, marking a +1.02% move from the previous day. This move outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 0.96%. At the same time, the Dow added 0.75%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 1.58%.

Coming into today, shares of the consumer financial services company had gained 10.17% in the past month. In that same time, the Finance sector gained 3.17%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.85%.

EZPW will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release, which is expected to be May 8, 2019. In that report, analysts expect EZPW to post earnings of $0.24 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 14.29%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $217.21 million, up 7.14% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $0.96 per share and revenue of $870.43 million, which would represent changes of +21.52% and +7%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for EZPW. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term business trends. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.

The Zacks Rank system, which ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), has an impressive outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks generating an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 1.4% higher within the past month. EZPW is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

In terms of valuation, EZPW is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 11.24. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 8.08.

The Financial - Consumer Loans industry is part of the Finance sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 20, which puts it in the top 8% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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