Times are good in the pawn-shop and payday loan business as EZCORP (EZPW +13%) flies, with...

|By:, SA News Editor

Times are good in the pawn-shop and payday loan business as EZCORP (EZPW +13%) flies, with expansion into Arizona and Mexico paying off. Earnings declined Y/Y, with quieter action in gold and jewelry a big factor. On the CC (transcript), management makes clear it isn't banking on a renewed gold bull market; thus its focus on diversifying revenue streams away from the metal.