Capital Analysts LLC increased its stake in Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 4.4% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 22,024 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 937 shares during the period. Capital Analysts LLC’s holdings in Equifax were worth $3,027,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors also recently modified their holdings of EFX. Girard Partners LTD. increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 9.8% in the second quarter. Girard Partners LTD. now owns 4,608 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $633,000 after buying an additional 412 shares during the period. Brighton Jones LLC increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.3% in the second quarter. Brighton Jones LLC now owns 3,012 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $414,000 after buying an additional 8 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 8.7% in the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 2,500 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $344,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the period. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 15.0% in the second quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund now owns 28,900 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,971,000 after buying an additional 3,780 shares during the period. Finally, Airain ltd increased its stake in shares of Equifax by 166.0% in the second quarter. Airain ltd now owns 12,161 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,671,000 after buying an additional 7,590 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 90.01% of the company’s stock.

Equifax, Inc. (NYSE EFX) opened at 140.62 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $142.35 and its 200 day moving average price is $137.22. Equifax, Inc. has a 52-week low of $110.87 and a 52-week high of $147.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $16.93 billion, a PE ratio of 29.79 and a beta of 0.91.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.03. Equifax had a net margin of 17.44% and a return on equity of 24.88%. The firm had revenue of $856.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $860.48 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.43 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Equifax, Inc. will post $6.08 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th will be given a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.11%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.05%.

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Several equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Cowen and Company restated a “buy” rating and set a $151.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, July 28th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 price target (up previously from $140.00) on shares of Equifax in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $144.00 price target (up previously from $142.00) on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $145.45.

In other Equifax news, insider Joseph Michael Loughran III sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $146.02, for a total transaction of $584,080.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 42,723 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,238,412.46. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 1,719 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.70, for a total transaction of $250,458.30. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 43,648 shares in the company, valued at $6,359,513.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 12,219 shares of company stock valued at $1,780,938 in the last three months. Company insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

Equifax Company Profile

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.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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