Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) Director John F. Lehman sold 8,247 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.72, for a total transaction of $649,203.84. Following the transaction, the director now owns 115,073 shares in the company, valued at $9,058,546.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) traded up 0.34% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $78.79. 159,960 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.03 billion, a PE ratio of 22.14 and a beta of 0.69. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 12-month low of $75.60 and a 12-month high of $87.40. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $80.13 and its 200-day moving average is $81.80.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 2nd. The business services provider reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by $0.04. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 29.06% and a return on equity of 38.26%. The firm had revenue of $502.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $511.99 million. Analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post $3.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several research firms have recently commented on VRSK. Royal Bank of Canada lowered their price target on shares of Verisk Analytics from $85.00 to $82.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, May 5th. Macquarie upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $90.00 to $95.00 in a report on Friday, May 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Verisk Analytics from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $87.00 to $75.00 in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Tuesday, May 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Verisk Analytics has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $86.89.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in VRSK. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Verisk Analytics by 2,758.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,612,882 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $779,989,000 after buying an additional 9,276,635 shares in the last quarter. Baillie Gifford & Co. boosted its stake in Verisk Analytics by 681.7% in the fourth quarter. Baillie Gifford & Co. now owns 4,988,166 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $404,890,000 after buying an additional 4,350,014 shares in the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA boosted its stake in Verisk Analytics by 96.3% in the first quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 4,199,787 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $340,771,000 after buying an additional 2,060,620 shares in the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the fourth quarter worth about $135,843,000. Finally, Baird Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in Verisk Analytics by 360.0% in the fourth quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. now owns 494,317 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $40,124,000 after buying an additional 386,850 shares in the last quarter. 92.51% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.

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