Headlines about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 47.4613805979365 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Verisk Analytics from $83.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Credit Suisse Group boosted their target price on shares of Verisk Analytics from $85.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reissued a “hold” rating and set a $85.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) assumed coverage on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday. They set a “neutral” rating and a $89.00 target price on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Verisk Analytics has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $88.29.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ VRSK) opened at $90.82 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $15,245.53, a P/E ratio of 28.93, a PEG ratio of 3.29 and a beta of 0.76. Verisk Analytics has a 1 year low of $75.60 and a 1 year high of $92.92. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a current ratio of 0.45 and a quick ratio of 0.45.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The business services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.06. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 22.09% and a return on equity of 36.91%. The company had revenue of $549.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $527.97 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.84 EPS. Verisk Analytics’s quarterly revenue was up 10.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics will post 3.17 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Scott G. Stephenson bought 22,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were bought at an average price of $91.16 per share, for a total transaction of $2,023,752.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 577,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $52,639,521.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CAO David J. Grover sold 7,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $92.45, for a total transaction of $647,150.00. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 13,028 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,204,438.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 318,146 shares of company stock worth $27,443,084 in the last quarter. 3.41% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Verisk Analytics Company Profile

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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