Bbva Compass Bancshares Inc. reduced its stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 9.9% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 12,973 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,419 shares during the period. Bbva Compass Bancshares Inc.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $1,666,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. acquired a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter valued at approximately $123,000. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC raised its stake in Equifax by 14.1% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 956 shares of the company’s stock valued at $123,000 after buying an additional 118 shares in the last quarter. Springbok Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in Equifax during the first quarter valued at approximately $133,000. Financial Architects Inc raised its stake in Equifax by 1,379.5% in the second quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,154 shares of the company’s stock valued at $149,000 after buying an additional 1,076 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Zions Bancorporation raised its stake in Equifax by 14,380.0% in the first quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 1,448 shares of the company’s stock valued at $165,000 after buying an additional 1,438 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.62% of the company’s stock.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded down 0.5871% during trading on Monday, hitting $129.5847. 174,107 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $15.46 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.7372 and a beta of 0.87. Equifax Inc. has a 52-week low of $91.72 and a 52-week high of $136.97. The company’s 50-day moving average is $132.37 and its 200 day moving average is $126.87.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $811.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $802.85 million. Equifax had a net margin of 16.11% and a return on equity of 24.51%. The firm’s revenue was up 19.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.15 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Equifax Inc. will post ($0.47) earnings per share for the current year.
A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on EFX shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 27th. Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price objective on shares of Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on shares of Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, Barclays PLC boosted their target price on shares of Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 21st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $140.11.
In other Equifax news, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred 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 sale, the insider now owns 57,804 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,745,736. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Chairman Richard F. Smith sold 71,568 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.79, for a total transaction of $9,360,378.72. Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 216,364 shares in the company, valued at approximately $28,298,247.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.01% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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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