Traders bought shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $271.31 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $51.20 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $220.11 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Alliance Data Systems Corporation had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Alliance Data Systems Corporation traded down ($2.87) for the day and closed at $216.00

ADS has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group reiterated an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $278.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Barclays PLC lowered shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and cut their target price for the company from $285.00 to $265.00 in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $255.47.

The firm has a market capitalization of $11.98 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.63 and a beta of 1.76. The company’s 50 day moving average is $226.19 and its 200-day moving average is $243.17.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the 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 analysts’ expectations of $1.85 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $3.68 EPS. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s revenue was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 14th will be given a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.96%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is 23.69%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the business services provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Green Square Capital LLC grew its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Green Square Capital LLC now owns 3,054 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $784,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the period. Suntrust Banks Inc. grew its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.5% during the 1st quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 2,203 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $547,000 after buying an additional 12 shares during the period. Fernwood Investment Management LLC grew its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.3% during the 1st quarter. Fernwood Investment Management LLC now owns 4,580 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,140,000 after buying an additional 15 shares during the period. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI grew its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 2.2% during the 2nd quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 909 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $233,000 after buying an additional 20 shares during the period. Finally, Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. grew its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.6% during the 2nd quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 488 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $125,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 96.09% of the company’s stock.

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About Alliance Data Systems Corporation

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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