Addison Capital Co purchased a new stake in Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 1,742 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $442,000.

Several other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 0.8% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,353,265 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,374,130,000 after acquiring an additional 43,960 shares during the last quarter. Edgewood Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 1.1% in the 3rd quarter. Edgewood Management LLC now owns 2,900,220 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $642,544,000 after acquiring an additional 30,560 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 41.3% in the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,308,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $335,925,000 after acquiring an additional 382,814 shares during the last quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 24.3% in the 4th quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd now owns 678,796 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $172,078,000 after acquiring an additional 132,796 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Atlantic Trust Group LLC increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 53.6% in the 3rd quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 572,862 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $126,917,000 after acquiring an additional 199,877 shares during the last quarter. 94.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other Alliance Data Systems news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total transaction of $500,080.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) traded up $5.88 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $261.82. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 692,298 shares, compared to its average volume of 622,162. Alliance Data Systems Co. has a 52-week low of $209.00 and a 52-week high of $278.33. The company has a current ratio of 2.11, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53. The firm has a market cap of $14,360.00, a P/E ratio of 27.76, a P/E/G ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.79.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.80 by $0.55. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The firm had revenue of $1.91 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $4.74 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Alliance Data Systems Co. will post 17.08 EPS for the current year.

ADS has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Oppenheimer set a $208.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Barclays reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $298.00 price target (up from $278.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Monday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. ValuEngine raised Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, October 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $296.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $274.06.

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About Alliance Data Systems

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS)

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