North Star Asset Management Inc. decreased its position in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 2.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 92,024 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,965 shares during the period. Equifax comprises 1.4% of North Star Asset Management Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 16th largest position. North Star Asset Management Inc. owned about 0.08% of Equifax worth $11,816,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of EFX. Conning Inc. raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.3% in the second quarter. Conning Inc. now owns 2,873 shares of the company’s stock worth $369,000 after buying an additional 10 shares in the last quarter. Cleararc Capital Inc. raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.6% in the first quarter. Cleararc Capital Inc. now owns 2,907 shares of the company’s stock worth $332,000 after buying an additional 17 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.4% in the first quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 23,712 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,710,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 14.1% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 956 shares of the company’s stock worth $123,000 after buying an additional 118 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 1.5% in the second quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD now owns 8,955 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,149,000 after buying an additional 135 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.64% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded down 0.58% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $129.27. 128,931 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $132.42 and its 200-day moving average price is $126.73. The stock has a market cap of $15.43 billion, a PE ratio of 33.66 and a beta of 0.87. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $91.72 and a one year high of $136.97.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.07. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.51% and a net margin of 16.11%. The business earned $811.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $802.85 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.15 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Equifax Inc. will post ($0.47) EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 19th were paid a $0.33 dividend. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 17th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 34.38%.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on EFX. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, June 16th. Jefferies Group boosted their target price on shares of Equifax from $128.00 to $131.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on shares of Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on shares of Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $140.11.

In related news, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total transaction of $408,797.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 46,936 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,189,450.32. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total value of $592,548.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 57,804 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,745,736. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.01% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Equifax Company Profile

Equifax Inc is a provider of 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 Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.

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