Hosking Partners LLP increased its stake in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 7.4% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 166,632 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 11,553 shares during the quarter. Hosking Partners LLP’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $15,997,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Dupont Capital Management Corp bought a new position in Verisk Analytics in the 4th quarter worth approximately $112,000. Fusion Family Wealth LLC bought a new position in Verisk Analytics in the 4th quarter worth approximately $116,000. Advisory Services Network LLC increased its position in Verisk Analytics by 300.5% in the 2nd quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 1,690 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $143,000 after buying an additional 1,268 shares during the period. Perigon Wealth Management LLC increased its position in Verisk Analytics by 61.2% in the 2nd quarter. Perigon Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,763 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 669 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Co. bought a new position in Verisk Analytics in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $164,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.91% of the company’s stock.

In other Verisk Analytics news, Director David B. Wright sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.60, for a total value of $1,419,000.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 8,951 shares in the company, valued at $846,764.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Lee Shavel purchased 390 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 20th. The stock was bought at an average price of $96.36 per share, for a total transaction of $37,580.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 22,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,152,778.76. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have bought 1,177 shares of company stock worth $112,591 and have sold 31,526 shares worth $2,987,428. Insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts have commented on VRSK shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $108.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $89.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $90.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Sunday, December 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $94.50.

Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ VRSK) opened at $94.88 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $15,530.45, a P/E ratio of 29.47, a PEG ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 0.76. The company has a current ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 0.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 1 year low of $75.60 and a 1 year high of $100.54.

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About Verisk Analytics

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK)

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