Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) CEO Scott G. Stephenson sold 18,804 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $121.04, for a total transaction of $2,276,036.16. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 834,425 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $100,998,802. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Shares of NASDAQ:VRSK traded up $2.79 during trading on Thursday, reaching $123.88. 939,139 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 849,265. The company has a quick ratio of 0.49, a current ratio of 0.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 12 month low of $90.60 and a 12 month high of $124.23. The company has a market cap of $20.12 billion, a PE ratio of 38.59, a P/E/G ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 0.58.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 30th. The business services provider reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.07 by $0.01. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 27.94% and a return on equity of 31.53%. The business had revenue of $598.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $596.79 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.84 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 4.15 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Equitable Trust Co. bought a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $316,000. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $818,000. AQR Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 19.5% during the 3rd quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 62,482 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $7,532,000 after buying an additional 10,200 shares during the last quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp grew its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 9.3% during the 3rd quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 1,005,758 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $121,244,000 after buying an additional 85,251 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vectors Research Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 3rd quarter valued at about $203,000. 93.02% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on VRSK shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 16th. BidaskClub raised shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 5th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $90.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Morgan Stanley reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $119.00 target price (up previously from $113.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $109.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Wednesday, August 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $112.17.

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Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions for customers in the insurance, energy, and financial markets in the United States and internationally. Its Decision Analytics segment develops predictive models to forecast scenarios, and produce standard and customized analytics for predicting loss, selecting and pricing risk, detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses.

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