Media headlines about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.3711856240147 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several brokerages have commented on EFX. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. Argus began coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $166.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $151.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $160.00 price target (up from $140.00) on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $145.45.

Equifax (NYSE EFX) traded up 0.74% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $142.47. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 425,417 shares. Equifax has a 12 month low of $110.87 and a 12 month high of $147.02. The company has a market cap of $17.15 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.18 and a beta of 0.91. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $142.60 and its 200 day moving average is $137.68.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.03. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.88% and a net margin of 17.44%. The firm had revenue of $856.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $860.48 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.43 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Equifax will post $6.08 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be issued 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 is Wednesday, August 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 33.05%.

In other Equifax news, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 1,719 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.70, for a total transaction of $250,458.30. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 43,648 shares in the company, valued at $6,359,513.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.60, for a total value of $946,400.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 42,078 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,126,556.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 12,219 shares of company stock worth $1,780,938. Company insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

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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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