Laffer Investments decreased its position in shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 6.6% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 13,965 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 985 shares during the period. Laffer Investments’ holdings in Equifax were worth $1,480,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in Equifax by 7.0% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,933,776 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,365,099,000 after purchasing an additional 653,096 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Equifax by 18.5% in the 2nd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 480,790 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $66,070,000 after purchasing an additional 75,144 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank lifted its stake in Equifax by 3.2% in the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 437,845 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $60,169,000 after purchasing an additional 13,500 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd lifted its stake in Equifax by 166.0% in the 2nd quarter. Airain ltd now owns 12,161 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,671,000 after purchasing an additional 7,590 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. lifted its stake in Equifax by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. now owns 1,683,442 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $231,339,000 after purchasing an additional 11,216 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.45% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts recently commented on EFX shares. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, September 8th. SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on shares of Equifax from $110.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Equifax from $127.00 to $140.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. Evercore ISI reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $174.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Saturday, September 9th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Equifax from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $135.00 to $127.00 in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. Equifax presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.93.

Equifax, Inc. (EFX) opened at $118.19 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $14,097.32, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.60, a PEG ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.94. Equifax, Inc. has a 52 week low of $89.59 and a 52 week high of $147.02. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $847.28 million. Equifax had a net margin of 16.18% and a return on equity of 24.45%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.44 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Equifax, Inc. will post 5.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.32%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 22nd. Equifax’s payout ratio is currently 35.29%.

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Equifax Profile

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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