Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) COO Mark V. Anquillare sold 26,250 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.69, for a total value of $3,850,612.50. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 87,776 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,875,861.44. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.
Shares of VRSK opened at $150.81 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50-day simple moving average is $144.92 and its 200 day simple moving average is $150.82. The stock has a market capitalization of $24.71 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 0.85. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 52-week low of $102.74 and a 52-week high of $164.97.
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The business services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 18.23% and a return on equity of 33.57%. The business had revenue of $652.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $650.34 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.08 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 4.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 13th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 12th. Verisk Analytics’s payout ratio is currently 24.33%.
VRSK has been the subject of several research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research note on Monday, September 23rd. They set a “market perform” rating and a $166.00 price target for the company. Jefferies Financial Group initiated coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research note on Wednesday, November 27th. They set a “buy” rating and a $174.00 price target for the company. William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Thursday, October 31st. ValuEngine downgraded Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird increased their price objective on Verisk Analytics from $137.00 to $165.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, August 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $154.44.
Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VRSK. Creative Planning raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 8.4% during the 2nd quarter. Creative Planning now owns 5,379 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $788,000 after buying an additional 419 shares in the last quarter. Advisor Partners LLC raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 12.9% during the 2nd quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 1,889 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $277,000 after buying an additional 216 shares in the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1,327.1% during the 2nd quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 36,392 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,330,000 after buying an additional 33,842 shares in the last quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1,039.8% during the 2nd quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. now owns 50,654 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $7,419,000 after buying an additional 46,210 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC raised its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 26.5% during the 2nd quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 13,175 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,930,000 after buying an additional 2,759 shares in the last quarter. 90.13% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
Verisk Analytics Company Profile
Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions in the United States and internationally. It provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and various other fields.
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