Boston Common Asset Management LLC lowered its stake in shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 2.6% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 33,530 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 902 shares during the period. Boston Common Asset Management LLC’s holdings in Equifax were worth $4,608,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Brighton Jones LLC increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.3% during the second quarter. Brighton Jones LLC now owns 3,012 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $414,000 after purchasing an additional 8 shares in the last quarter. Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.3% during the second quarter. Flagship Harbor Advisors LLC now owns 3,042 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $424,000 after purchasing an additional 8 shares in the last quarter. Signaturefd LLC increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.3% during the first quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 3,751 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $513,000 after purchasing an additional 11 shares in the last quarter. Sawtooth Solutions LLC increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.6% during the second quarter. Sawtooth Solutions LLC now owns 1,779 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $245,000 after purchasing an additional 11 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cleararc Capital Inc. increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.5% during the first quarter. Cleararc Capital Inc. now owns 2,948 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $403,000 after purchasing an additional 16 shares in the last quarter. 90.00% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Several brokerages recently issued reports on EFX. Evercore ISI reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $110.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $149.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $110.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Equifax from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $135.00 to $127.00 in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Equifax presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $130.50.

In other news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.60, for a total transaction of $946,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 42,078 shares in the company, valued at $6,126,556.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Joseph Michael Loughran III sold 4,000 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.02, for a total transaction of $584,080.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 42,723 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,238,412.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 12,219 shares of company stock valued at $1,780,938. Insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

Equifax, Inc. (EFX) traded down 0.36% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $105.99. 3,735,854 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $12.76 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.45 and a beta of 0.93. Equifax, Inc. has a 12-month low of $89.59 and a 12-month high of $147.02. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $133.48 and its 200-day moving average is $136.54.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $856.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $860.48 million. Equifax had a net margin of 17.44% and a return on equity of 24.88%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.43 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Equifax, Inc. will post $5.98 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 25th were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 23rd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.47%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.05%.

About Equifax

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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