Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) have earned an average rating of “Buy” from the twelve brokerages that are covering the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $140.70.

EFX has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, September 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada boosted their price objective on Equifax from $142.00 to $146.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, October 28th. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price objective on Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, Barclays PLC boosted their price objective on Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 21st.

In other Equifax news, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Monday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total value of $408,797.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 46,936 shares in the company, valued at $6,189,450.32. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Paulino R. Barros sold 5,205 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $132.00, for a total value of $687,060.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 10,786 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,423,752. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. acquired a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter worth approximately $123,000. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC increased its stake in 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. Global X Management Co. LLC increased its stake in Equifax by 56.2% in the second quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 981 shares of the company’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 353 shares in the last quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont increased its stake in Equifax by 370.0% in the third quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 940 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 740 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp acquired a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter worth approximately $132,000. Institutional investors own 89.03% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) opened at 114.03 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $13.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.87 and a beta of 0.85. Equifax has a 1-year low of $91.72 and a 1-year high of $136.97. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $128.24 and a 200 day moving average price of $128.31.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $1.44 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.08. The company earned $804.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $208.05 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.73% and a net margin of 15.87%. Equifax’s quarterly revenue was up 20.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.14 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Equifax will post $5.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 21st. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 33.42%.

About Equifax

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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