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Is EZCORP (EZPW) Outperforming Other Finance Stocks This Year?

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Hancock Whitney (HWC) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 0.00% and 1.73%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?

The Finance group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. Has EZCORP (EZPW) been one of those stocks this year? Let's take a closer look at the stock's year-to-date performance to find out.

EZCORP is a member of the Finance sector. This group includes 856 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #11. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different groups, measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the sector to gauge the strength of each group.

The Zacks Rank is a proven system that emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions, highlighting a variety of stocks that are displaying the right characteristics to beat the market over the next one to three months. EZPW is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy).

Over the past 90 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for EZPW's full-year earnings has moved 7.04% higher. This is a sign of improving analyst sentiment and a positive earnings outlook trend.

According to our latest data, EZPW has moved about 39.20% on a year-to-date basis. Meanwhile, stocks in the Finance group have gained about 13.19% on average. This means that EZCORP is outperforming the sector as a whole this year.

Looking more specifically, EZPW belongs to the Financial - Consumer Loans industry, which includes 22 individual stocks and currently sits at #32 in the Zacks Industry Rank. This group has gained an average of 24.97% so far this year, so EZPW is performing better in this area.

Investors with an interest in Finance stocks should continue to track EZPW. The stock will be looking to continue its solid performance.

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