Equifax (NYSE:EFX)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by stock analysts at Morgan Stanley in a research note issued on Tuesday. They presently have a $104.00 target price on the credit services provider’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 11.35% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on EFX. ValuEngine raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 11th. Wells Fargo & Co raised their target price on Equifax from $140.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 1st. Bank of America began coverage on Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. They set an “underperform” rating and a $123.00 target price for the company. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research reissued a “sell” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, November 13th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $121.70.

Equifax stock traded down $0.28 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $93.40. 115,251 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 834,850. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a current ratio of 1.19. The company has a market cap of $11.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.64, a PEG ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 1.10. Equifax has a 52-week low of $88.68 and a 52-week high of $138.69.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The credit services provider reported $1.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.42 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $834.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $857.51 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 21.48% and a net margin of 13.07%. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.53 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Columbus Circle Investors grew its stake in shares of Equifax by 100.2% in the third quarter. Columbus Circle Investors now owns 300,136 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $39,189,000 after buying an additional 150,204 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can grew its stake in shares of Equifax by 42.9% in the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 70,595 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $9,217,000 after buying an additional 21,186 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC acquired a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth $1,477,000. Senator Investment Group LP acquired a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth $125,110,000. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC grew its stake in Equifax by 824.3% during the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 8,319 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,041,000 after purchasing an additional 7,419 shares in the last quarter. 90.50% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Equifax Company Profile

Equifax Inc provides 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 Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.

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