Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) crossed above its 200-day moving average during trading on Tuesday . The stock has a 200-day moving average of $139.63 and traded as high as $143.81. Equifax shares last traded at $143.42, with a volume of 16,900 shares changing hands.
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine cut shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Raymond James reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, November 8th. Jefferies Financial Group assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a report on Wednesday, November 27th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, October 25th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Equifax from $129.00 to $131.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $134.50.
The business’s 50-day moving average price is $139.27 and its 200 day moving average price is $139.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $17.30 billion, a PE ratio of 24.73, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.86 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a current ratio of 0.57.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The credit services provider reported $1.48 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.44 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $875.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $870.17 million. Equifax had a negative net margin of 11.13% and a positive return on equity of 24.39%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.41 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.58 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 22nd were given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 21st. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.09%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 26.94%.
In other news, insider J Dann Adams sold 9,392 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.72, for a total transaction of $1,265,290.24. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Prasanna Dhore sold 6,192 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.00, for a total transaction of $866,880.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.86% of the stock is owned by insiders.
A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Pacer Advisors Inc. grew its position in Equifax by 0.7% in the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 11,385 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,540,000 after acquiring an additional 75 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia grew its position in Equifax by 36.3% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 304 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $38,000 after acquiring an additional 81 shares in the last quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC grew its position in Equifax by 21.6% in the third quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 462 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $65,000 after acquiring an additional 82 shares in the last quarter. State of Michigan Retirement System grew its position in Equifax by 0.3% in the third quarter. State of Michigan Retirement System now owns 29,046 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $4,086,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. grew its position in Equifax by 7.8% in the second quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 1,493 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $202,000 after acquiring an additional 108 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.34% of the company’s stock.
Equifax Company Profile (NYSE:EFX)
Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.
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