|13:24 EDT||WRLD, RM, CSH, DLLR, FCFS||World Acceptance slides after disclosing government probe|
Shares of World Acceptance (WRLD), which provides small loans to consumers, are tumbling after the company revealed that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had launched a probe of its business practices. WHAT'S NEW: World Acceptance reported earlier today in a filing that it was being investigated by the CFPB. The agency is trying to determine whether finance companies committed illegal acts involving marketing, offering, or extending credit, World Acceptance stated. The CFPB has sought documents from World Acceptance, and has requested that it answer questions as part of the probe, the company added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, World Acceptance tumbled 18% to $80. Other companies in the sector declined, with Cash America (CSH) sliding 8% to $29.20, Regional Management (RM) sinking 6.5% to $26.25, DFC Global (DLLR) losing 2.25% to $8.70, and First Cash (FCFS) sinking 2.6% to $52.17.