Equifax (NYSE:EFX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by analysts at SunTrust Banks in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. They presently have a $185.00 price objective on the credit services provider’s stock. SunTrust Banks’ price target suggests a potential upside of 13.88% from the company’s current price.

A number of other equities analysts have also commented on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group began coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, November 27th. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Barclays restated a “hold” rating and issued a $140.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, December 18th. William Blair restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, October 25th. Raymond James restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, November 8th. Finally, Argus upgraded shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, January 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $144.27.

NYSE:EFX traded up $0.19 on Friday, reaching $162.45. 410,644 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 716,862. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 0.57 and a quick ratio of 0.57. The firm has a market cap of $18.73 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -51.57, a P/E/G ratio of 3.10 and a beta of 1.23. Equifax has a 52 week low of $105.58 and a 52 week high of $164.77. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $149.65 and a 200-day simple moving average of $142.61.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 12th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a negative net margin of 11.13% and a positive return on equity of 24.39%. The company had revenue of $905.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $880.63 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.38 earnings per share. Equifax’s revenue was up 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.58 EPS for the current year.

In related news, insider Prasanna Dhore sold 6,192 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.00, for a total value of $866,880.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Company insiders own 0.86% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Echo Street Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Equifax by 65.3% in the fourth quarter. Echo Street Capital Management LLC now owns 592,460 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $83,015,000 after purchasing an additional 234,146 shares in the last quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ raised its stake in Equifax by 7.2% in the fourth quarter. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB publ now owns 19,402 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $2,719,000 after purchasing an additional 1,307 shares in the last quarter. C Partners Holding GmbH raised its stake in Equifax by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. C Partners Holding GmbH now owns 32,259 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $4,520,000 after purchasing an additional 1,295 shares in the last quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Equifax by 49.7% in the fourth quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 68,854 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $9,648,000 after purchasing an additional 22,848 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 29.7% during the fourth quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 550 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $77,000 after acquiring an additional 126 shares in the last quarter. 93.49% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Equifax Company Profile

Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.

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