Capital Fund Management S.A. bought a new stake in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm bought 7,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $995,000.
Other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. purchased a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter valued at $123,000. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 14.1% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 956 shares of the company’s stock worth $123,000 after buying an additional 118 shares during the last quarter. Springbok Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Equifax during the first quarter worth approximately $133,000. Financial Architects Inc raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 1,379.5% in the second quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,154 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 1,076 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Zions Bancorporation raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 14,380.0% in the first quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 1,448 shares of the company’s stock worth $165,000 after buying an additional 1,438 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 88.64% of the company’s stock.
Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded down 1.57% on Friday, hitting $130.14. 664,720 shares of the stock were exchanged. Equifax Inc. has a 1-year low of $91.72 and a 1-year high of $136.97. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $132.55 and its 200-day moving average is $126.34. The stock has a market cap of $15.53 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.88 and a beta of 0.87.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. Equifax had a net margin of 16.11% and a return on equity of 24.51%. The company had revenue of $811.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $802.85 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.15 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Equifax Inc. will post ($0.47) earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, August 19th were given a dividend of $0.33 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.01%. Equifax’s payout ratio is presently 34.38%.
EFX has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, September 27th. Deutsche Bank AG raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Barclays PLC raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 21st. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $140.11.
In related news, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total transaction of $592,548.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 57,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,745,736. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total transaction of $408,797.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 46,936 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,189,450.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.
Equifax Inc is a provider of 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 Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.
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