Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC bought a new stake in Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 4,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $424,000.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. IFM Investors Pty Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Equifax in the 3rd quarter valued at $361,000. Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its position in shares of Equifax by 26.7% in the 3rd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 7,261 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $770,000 after acquiring an additional 1,528 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of Equifax by 9.4% in the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 269,837 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $28,600,000 after acquiring an additional 23,237 shares during the period. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Equifax in the 3rd quarter valued at $130,000. Finally, Fairbanks Capital Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Equifax by 394.3% in the 3rd quarter. Fairbanks Capital Management Inc. now owns 43,494 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $4,610,000 after acquiring an additional 34,694 shares during the period. 95.45% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Several research firms recently issued reports on EFX. Barclays downgraded Equifax from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and upped their target price for the company from $115.00 to $128.00 in a research report on Thursday. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $149.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $110.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Evercore ISI reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $110.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.93.

Shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) opened at $119.51 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,192.18, a PE ratio of 19.73, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.99 and a beta of 0.94. 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, Inc. has a 12-month low of $89.59 and a 12-month high of $147.02.

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

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 24th were given a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 22nd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is currently 35.29%.

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About Equifax

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.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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