Axa increased its stake in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 313.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 137,193 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 103,993 shares during the period. Axa owned 0.25% of EZCORP worth $1,118,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of EZCORP during the fourth quarter valued at about $4,671,000. Comerica Bank increased its stake in shares of EZCORP by 5.9% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 51,636 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $506,000 after buying an additional 2,875 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of EZCORP by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,159,125 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $12,345,000 after buying an additional 54,755 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of EZCORP by 16.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,545,649 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $37,762,000 after buying an additional 498,539 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Federated Investors Inc. PA increased its stake in shares of EZCORP by 38.2% in the fourth quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 120,489 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,283,000 after buying an additional 33,318 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.46% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW)

Shares of EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW) traded up 1.12% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $9.05. 396,496 shares of the stock traded hands. EZCORP, Inc. has a 12-month low of $6.66 and a 12-month high of $12.00. The company has a market capitalization of $491.34 million, a PE ratio of 40.40 and a beta of 1.93. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $8.77 and its 200 day moving average price is $9.30.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The credit services provider reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $189.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $190.04 million. EZCORP had a return on equity of 3.29% and a net margin of 1.73%. EZCORP’s revenue was up .7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that EZCORP, Inc. will post $0.51 EPS for the current year.

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EZPW has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 5th. Stephens upgraded shares of EZCORP from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, April 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. TheStreet upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Friday, May 19th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $10.50 price objective on shares of EZCORP in a research note on Friday. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. EZCORP has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $9.88.

EZCORP Company Profile

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, Value Pawn & Jewelry and other branded pawn operations in the United States; Mexico Pawn, which includes its Empeno Facil pawn operations and cash converters buy/sell store operations in Mexico, and Other International, which includes its CASHMAX financial services operations in Canada and its equity interest in Cash Converters International.

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