Headlines about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a daily sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.2530685060426 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:
- Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Director Sells $748,864.59 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Global Disruptors: A Forecast For 2018 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Telemark Asset Management LLC Invests $19.20 Million in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Verisk Projects Written Premium for Commercial Cyber Liability to Reach $6.2B by 2020 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Position Trimmed by First Trust Advisors LP (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $108.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, December 8th. BidaskClub lowered Verisk Analytics from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Verisk Analytics from $91.00 to $106.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $107.00 target price for the company in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Verisk Analytics from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $100.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $103.07.
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The business services provider reported $1.34 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by $0.56. The business had revenue of $570.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $557.09 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 33.58% and a net margin of 25.88%. Verisk Analytics’s quarterly revenue was up 12.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.80 EPS. analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics will post 3.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In other Verisk Analytics news, Director John F. Lehman sold 7,107 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.37, for a total transaction of $748,864.59. Following the transaction, the director now owns 106,656 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,238,342.72. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Hyatt J. Brown sold 73,587 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.20, for a total value of $7,373,417.40. Following the transaction, the director now owns 78,673 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,883,034.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have acquired 1,177 shares of company stock valued at $112,591 and have sold 112,220 shares valued at $11,131,550. Corporate insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.
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About Verisk Analytics
Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.
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