TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock traders purchased 1,579 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 2,156% compared to the typical volume of 70 call options.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) opened at $55.46 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.84, a quick ratio of 1.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51. The company has a market cap of $10,120.00 and a PE ratio of 32.78. TransUnion has a 12-month low of $30.39 and a 12-month high of $56.58.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last posted its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.43 by $0.06. TransUnion had a net margin of 13.17% and a return on equity of 21.37%. The business had revenue of $498.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $475.52 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.38 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that TransUnion will post 1.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research analysts recently commented on the stock. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday. Atlantic Securities raised shares of TransUnion from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $57.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $59.00 price target (up previously from $50.00) on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of TransUnion from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $54.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, October 30th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. TransUnion currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $56.00.

In related news, EVP Christopher A. Cartwright sold 234,565 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.05, for a total value of $12,912,803.25. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 105,917 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,830,730.85. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO James M. Peck sold 200,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.74, for a total transaction of $10,948,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 402,343 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,024,255.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 4,650,406 shares of company stock valued at $243,999,475 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its position in shares of TransUnion by 21.4% in the 3rd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 65,083 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,076,000 after buying an additional 11,485 shares during the last quarter. Sterling Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of TransUnion in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $1,778,000. Neuberger Berman Group LLC grew its position in shares of TransUnion by 20.1% in the 3rd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 2,584,349 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $122,136,000 after buying an additional 433,060 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System grew its position in shares of TransUnion by 1.2% in the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 263,300 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $12,444,000 after buying an additional 3,200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bamco Inc. NY grew its position in shares of TransUnion by 35.3% in the 3rd quarter. Bamco Inc. NY now owns 864,169 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $40,841,000 after buying an additional 225,243 shares during the last quarter.

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About TransUnion

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive.

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