Stephens Investment Management Group LLC lifted its position in shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 12.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 369,597 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 42,032 shares during the quarter. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC owned 0.22% of Verisk Analytics worth $31,183,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of VRSK. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC grew its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 45.8% during the second quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC now owns 1,330 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 418 shares in the last quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust grew its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 40.3% during the second quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,324 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 380 shares in the last quarter. Huntington National Bank grew its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 29.6% during the second quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 1,548 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 354 shares in the last quarter. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC grew its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 5.4% during the second quarter. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC now owns 1,950 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $165,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ledyard National Bank grew its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 12.9% during the second quarter. Ledyard National Bank now owns 2,355 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $199,000 after buying an additional 270 shares in the last quarter. 93.33% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In other news, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.50, for a total value of $247,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 105,525 shares in the company, valued at $8,705,812.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 1,304 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.46, for a total value of $107,527.84. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 9,989 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $823,692.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 17,304 shares of company stock valued at $1,413,638 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on VRSK shares. BidaskClub upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 15th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $82.00 price target (down previously from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on Verisk Analytics from $81.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, August 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $85.38.

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Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) traded up 0.52% on Tuesday, reaching $82.46. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 142,448 shares. The company has a market cap of $13.57 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.97 and a beta of 0.68. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 52-week low of $75.60 and a 52-week high of $88.17. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $82.46 and a 200 day moving average of $81.77.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 38.43% and a net margin of 22.99%. The firm had revenue of $523.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $519.67 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.73 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post $3.14 earnings per share for the current year.

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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