Equifax Inc. (EFX) Given a $145.00 Price Target by Deutsche Bank AG Analysts
A number of other research analysts have also recently commented on EFX. Jefferies Group upped their price target on Equifax from $128.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price target on Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Zacks Investment Research cut Equifax from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Finally, Barclays PLC upped their price target on Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 21st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $140.11.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) traded down 0.02% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $130.26. The stock had a trading volume of 276,714 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $132.27 and a 200-day moving average of $127.27. The stock has a market cap of $15.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.91 and a beta of 0.87. Equifax has a 52-week low of $91.72 and a 52-week high of $136.97.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 EPS for the quarter, beating 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 firm had revenue of $811.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $802.85 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.15 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Equifax will post $5.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In related news, Chairman Richard F. Smith sold 48,432 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.51, for a total value of $6,320,860.32. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 253,228 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $33,048,786.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total value of $592,548.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 57,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,745,736. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.01% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Chesley Taft & Associates LLC raised its position in Equifax by 50.3% in the third quarter. Chesley Taft & Associates LLC now owns 9,970 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,342,000 after buying an additional 3,335 shares during the period. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Equifax by 9.8% in the third quarter. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. now owns 7,085 shares of the company’s stock valued at $953,000 after buying an additional 634 shares during the last quarter. National Pension Service raised its position in shares of Equifax by 9.3% in the third quarter. National Pension Service now owns 91,987 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,380,000 after buying an additional 7,827 shares during the last quarter. Private Trust Co. NA raised its position in shares of Equifax by 1.0% in the third quarter. Private Trust Co. NA now owns 4,041 shares of the company’s stock valued at $543,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the last quarter. Finally, MSI Financial Services Inc raised its position in shares of Equifax by 22.8% in the third quarter. MSI Financial Services Inc now owns 1,545 shares of the company’s stock valued at $208,000 after buying an additional 287 shares during the last quarter. 88.62% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
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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