Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in a note issued to investors on Thursday. They presently have a $300.00 price target on the business services provider’s stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods’ target price would indicate a potential upside of 33.23% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other research analysts also recently commented on ADS. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $191.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Argus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $290.00 target price (down previously from $309.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Sunday, July 30th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “sell” rating and set a $174.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $255.47.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) opened at 225.18 on Thursday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $234.36 and its 200 day moving average is $244.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.49 billion, a PE ratio of 25.68 and a beta of 1.76. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 52-week low of $196.40 and a 52-week high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 6.77% and a return on equity of 59.67%. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.85 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $3.68 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, July 27th that permits the company to buyback $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

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A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Flinton Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.0% in the first quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 2,352 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $586,000 after buying an additional 112 shares in the last quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 924.5% in the first quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 2,049 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $510,000 after buying an additional 1,849 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 152.9% in the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 74,462 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $18,541,000 after buying an additional 45,013 shares in the last quarter. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 9.8% in the first quarter. Pillar Pacific Capital Management LLC now owns 17,094 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $4,256,000 after buying an additional 1,526 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Tyers Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.0% in the first quarter. Tyers Asset Management LLC now owns 1,848 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $460,000 after buying an additional 88 shares in the last quarter. 96.09% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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