FMR LLC reduced its stake in shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 6.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 5,717,036 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 422,815 shares during the period. FMR LLC owned 4.76% of Equifax worth $781,748,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of EFX. IFP Advisors Inc boosted its stake in shares of Equifax by 9.4% in the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 745 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $102,000 after buying an additional 64 shares in the last quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC boosted its position in shares of Equifax by 23.8% in the first quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 744 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $102,000 after buying an additional 143 shares in the last quarter. Ancora Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth about $166,000. Van ECK Associates Corp boosted its position in shares of Equifax by 7.7% in the fourth quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 1,522 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $180,000 after buying an additional 109 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Teza Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth about $204,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.96% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded down 0.46% during trading on Monday, hitting $141.93. 511,779 shares of the company traded hands. The company has a market capitalization of $17.06 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.89 and a beta of 0.89. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $137.01 and a 200 day moving average price of $129.19. Equifax, Inc. has a 12-month low of $110.87 and a 12-month high of $144.01.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.44 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.41 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $832.20 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $825.14 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 25.20% and a net margin of 16.62%. Equifax’s revenue was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.23 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Equifax, Inc. will post $6.06 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 25th were given a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, May 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.14%.

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A number of brokerages recently issued reports on EFX. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday. Argus initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $166.00 price target on the stock. Stephens lowered shares of Equifax from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, April 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $144.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, March 30th. Finally, Atlantic Securities started coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, March 23rd. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $156.00 price objective on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Equifax currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $141.50.

In other Equifax news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 14,000 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $136.44, for a total transaction of $1,910,160.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 48,578 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,627,982.32. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

Equifax Company Profile

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

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