Why Ocwen Financial (OCN) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Ocwen Financial (OCN) was falling -7% to $33.25 Thursday after missing analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the first quarter.

For the first quarter Ocwen reported earnings of 54 cents a share, missing the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of $1 a share by 46 cents. Revenue grew 36% from the year-ago quarter to $553 million. Analysts expected revenue of $570.58 million in the quarter.

"Ocwen continues to work cooperatively with the New York Department of Financial Services to address their concerns that led to an indefinite hold on our Wells Fargo transaction," president and CEO Ron Faris said. "We believe that increased regulatory scrutiny will, over time, benefit the industry and Ocwen by building greater confidence in the system and rewarding those with efficient and effective servicing processes. Nevertheless, new requirements and the associated investments have raised costs for the industry, including Ocwen."

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TheStreet Ratings team rates OCWEN FINANCIAL CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate OCWEN FINANCIAL CORP (OCN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall."

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