Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen research firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $121.70.
EFX has been the topic of several recent research reports. Morgan Stanley set a $115.00 price target on shares of Equifax and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Barclays lowered their price objective on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $105.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 26th. Bank of America started coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. They set an “underperform” rating and a $123.00 price objective on the stock. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered their price objective on shares of Equifax from $115.00 to $109.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 19th.
EFX stock traded down $0.01 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $96.65. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 632,250 shares, compared to its average volume of 899,381. The company has a current ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81. Equifax has a twelve month low of $88.68 and a twelve month high of $138.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.19, a PEG ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 1.10.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 14th. Investors of record on Friday, November 23rd were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 21st. Equifax’s payout ratio is 26.13%.
Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Columbus Circle Investors boosted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 100.2% during the 3rd quarter. Columbus Circle Investors now owns 300,136 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $39,189,000 after buying an additional 150,204 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its holdings in Equifax by 42.9% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 70,595 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $9,217,000 after purchasing an additional 21,186 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in Equifax in the 2nd quarter valued at about $1,477,000. Senator Investment Group LP bought a new stake in Equifax in the 2nd quarter valued at about $125,110,000. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc boosted its holdings in Equifax by 0.5% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 12,212,967 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,594,647,000 after purchasing an additional 65,505 shares during the period. 90.50% of the stock is 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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