Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) (NYSE:DNB) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Wednesday morning.

According to Zacks, “We continue to expect that Dun & Bradstreet will benefit from its high-margin business model and strong product portfolio. Its partnerships with big players have also helped it bring many more customers into the fold. Plus, the company is also well-positioned to gain from its strategic acquisitions and alliances. The company’s focus on expanding analytics capabilities is also a positive. Plus, cost savings resulted in a strong operating margin performance in the last reported quarter. Management has now raised the lower end of its operating margin growth for the year. However, stiff competition, weak DNBi business and high debt continue to remain areas of concerns. Shares have underperformed the broader market in the past one year.”

Separately, BidaskClub raised Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $117.00.

Shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (NYSE DNB) traded down 0.04% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $118.30. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 232,875 shares. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation has a 52-week low of $100.46 and a 52-week high of $132.84. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $112.37 and a 200 day moving average price of $109.00. The company has a market cap of $4.37 billion, a PE ratio of 40.28 and a beta of 1.24.

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) (NYSE:DNB) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The business services provider reported $1.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.24. The business had revenue of $408.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $410.90 million. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) had a negative return on equity of 26.85% and a net margin of 6.36%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.37 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Dun & Bradstreet Corporation will post $7.04 earnings per share for the current year.

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The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 8th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 23rd were paid a $0.5025 dividend. This represents a $2.01 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.70%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, August 21st. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The)’s payout ratio is 68.37%.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 7.7% during the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,869,295 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $417,651,000 after acquiring an additional 278,057 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 20.2% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,050,058 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $329,861,000 after acquiring an additional 511,579 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC lifted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 8.3% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,648,511 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $285,880,000 after acquiring an additional 202,192 shares during the last quarter. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn LLC lifted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 52.5% during the 2nd quarter. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn LLC now owns 1,735,371 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $187,680,000 after acquiring an additional 597,297 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp lifted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 1.1% during the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,555,172 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $167,869,000 after acquiring an additional 16,978 shares during the last quarter. 90.19% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) Company Profile

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States and Canada, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, Greater China, India, and its European and Asia Pacific Worldwide Networks.

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