Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “D&B continues to hold a dominant position in risk management, credit ratings, sales and marketing, e-business and supply-management solutions. We believe that the company’s high-margin business model positions it for long-term growth. Acquisitions continue to play an important role in D&B’s growth. D&B’s innovative product pipeline is a major positive. Partnerships with big players have helped D&B bring in more customers. However, the stock has underperformed the industry in the past year. Further, Stiff competition, high debt level & uncertain macroeconomic environment are other factors that continue to bother D&B’s performance.”

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DNB has been the topic of a number of other reports. ValuEngine raised Dun & Bradstreet from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Barclays upgraded Dun & Bradstreet from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $132.00 to $140.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. William Blair restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Dun & Bradstreet in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase boosted their price target on Dun & Bradstreet from $117.00 to $124.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $129.80.

Shares of DNB stock traded up $1.10 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $117.63. 60,839 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 413,965. The company has a current ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,281.56, a PE ratio of 15.98, a PEG ratio of 3.17 and a beta of 1.22. Dun & Bradstreet has a twelve month low of $101.17 and a twelve month high of $130.95.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) last posted its earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The business services provider reported $3.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.04 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $528.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $535.82 million. Dun & Bradstreet had a negative return on equity of 30.74% and a net margin of 8.09%. The firm’s revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $2.99 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Dun & Bradstreet will post 8.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Fox Run Management L.L.C. boosted its stake in Dun & Bradstreet by 85.6% in the 4th quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. now owns 7,237 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $857,000 after purchasing an additional 3,337 shares during the period. Financial Advisors Network Inc. boosted its stake in Dun & Bradstreet by 29.0% in the 4th quarter. Financial Advisors Network Inc. now owns 3,846 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $455,000 after purchasing an additional 865 shares during the period. AXA boosted its stake in Dun & Bradstreet by 61.7% in the 4th quarter. AXA now owns 139,618 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $16,532,000 after purchasing an additional 53,300 shares during the period. Hermes Investment Management Ltd. boosted its stake in Dun & Bradstreet by 6,933.3% in the 4th quarter. Hermes Investment Management Ltd. now owns 375,013 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $44,405,000 after purchasing an additional 369,681 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Dun & Bradstreet by 1.1% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,148,246 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $372,783,000 after purchasing an additional 35,296 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.53% of the company’s stock.

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About Dun & Bradstreet

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation provides commercial data, analytics, and insight on businesses. The company operates through two segments, Americas and Non-Americas. It offers risk management solutions comprising trade credit solutions, such as The D&B Credit Suite, which includes D&B Credit and DNBi, subscription-based online applications that offer customers real time access to information, comprehensive monitoring, and portfolio analysis; various business information reports; and D&B Credibility solutions primarily for small businesses; Supplier Risk Manager, an online application that helps businesses mitigate supply chain risk; Compliance product suite that includes D&B Onboard and D&B Compliance Check, which helps customers comply with anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption regulations through onboarding, screening, and monitoring of customers and third parties; and D&B Direct, an API that enables data integration inside enterprise applications, such as ERP, and enables master data management and toolkit.

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