World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ:WRLD) Stock Rating Upgraded by ValuEngine

World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ:WRLD) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, August 1st.

Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on WRLD. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “sell” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of World Acceptance Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, April 11th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “sell” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of World Acceptance Corporation in a research report on Monday, May 8th. TheStreet upgraded shares of World Acceptance Corporation from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of World Acceptance Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price target on the stock in a report on Saturday, May 13th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of World Acceptance Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $61.50.

Shares of World Acceptance Corporation (WRLD) traded down 0.01% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $73.00. 88,056 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $76.44 and its 200-day moving average is $65.09. World Acceptance Corporation has a 52-week low of $42.01 and a 52-week high of $88.26. The firm has a market cap of $635.47 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.16 and a beta of 2.34.

World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ:WRLD) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The credit services provider reported $1.48 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.02 by $0.54. The business had revenue of $128.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $125.74 million. World Acceptance Corporation had a return on equity of 15.75% and a net margin of 13.13%. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.89 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that World Acceptance Corporation will post $7.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, EVP Daniel Clinton Dyer sold 1,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $81.00, for a total transaction of $145,800.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 21,924 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,775,844. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Jackie C. Willyard sold 1,380 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.83, for a total transaction of $114,305.40. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 4,360 shares in the company, valued at $361,138.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 27.30% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in WRLD. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC acquired a new stake in shares of World Acceptance Corporation during the second quarter worth approximately $117,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in World Acceptance Corporation by 110.3% in the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 1,836 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 963 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans purchased a new stake in World Acceptance Corporation during the fourth quarter worth $205,000. C M Bidwell & Associates Ltd. purchased a new stake in World Acceptance Corporation during the second quarter worth $211,000. Finally, Tudor Investment Corp ET AL purchased a new stake in World Acceptance Corporation during the first quarter worth $217,000. Institutional investors own 96.93% of the company’s stock.

About World Acceptance Corporation

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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