Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-four ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, nine have given a hold recommendation and ten have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $271.00.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on ADS shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $296.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, January 5th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $293.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Stephens set a $304.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, October 21st. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Friday, October 20th.

In related news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of Alliance Data Systems stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total transaction of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. 2.60% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 0.8% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,353,265 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,374,130,000 after buying an additional 43,960 shares during the last quarter. Edgewood Management LLC raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 1.1% during the third quarter. Edgewood Management LLC now owns 2,900,220 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $642,544,000 after buying an additional 30,560 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 41.3% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,308,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $335,925,000 after buying an additional 382,814 shares during the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 53.6% during the third quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 572,862 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $126,917,000 after buying an additional 199,877 shares during the last quarter. Finally, USS Investment Management Ltd raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 7.9% during the third quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd now owns 546,000 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $120,942,000 after buying an additional 40,000 shares during the last quarter. 94.57% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) opened at $273.62 on Friday. Alliance Data Systems has a 52-week low of $209.00 and a 52-week high of $274.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a current ratio of 2.11 and a quick ratio of 2.09. The firm has a market cap of $15,120.00, a P/E ratio of 29.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.79.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.80 by $0.55. The firm had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.09% and a return on equity of 62.95%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $4.74 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems will post 17.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 14th were paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.76%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 13th. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is presently 22.06%.

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About Alliance Data Systems

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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