SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated their buy rating on shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) in a research note released on Friday morning, The Fly reports. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Equifax’s Q3 2017 earnings at $1.47 EPS, Q4 2017 earnings at $1.39 EPS and FY2017 earnings at $5.90 EPS.

EFX has been the subject of several other reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated a buy rating and issued a $141.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada cut their target price on shares of Equifax from $154.00 to $113.00 and set an outperform rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. Evercore ISI reiterated an outperform rating and issued a $110.00 target price (down from $174.00) on shares of Equifax in a research note on Saturday, September 16th. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on shares of Equifax from $144.00 to $140.00 and set an equal weight rating for the company in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a buy rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $130.27.

Shares of Equifax (EFX) traded down 0.1387% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $109.3481. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 260,780 shares. Equifax has a 1-year low of $89.59 and a 1-year high of $147.02. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $114.72 and a 200-day moving average price of $133.05. The stock has a market cap of $13.16 billion, a PE ratio of 23.1621 and a beta of 0.88.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ 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 company had revenue of $856.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $860.48 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.43 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Equifax will post $5.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.60, for a total transaction of $946,400.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 42,078 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,126,556.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 1,719 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.70, for a total transaction of $250,458.30. Following the transaction, 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 have sold 12,219 shares of company stock worth $1,780,938 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in EFX. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 1,540.8% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,280,680 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,269,041,000 after purchasing an additional 8,715,062 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its stake in Equifax by 11,042.5% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,729,992 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $237,735,000 after acquiring an additional 1,714,466 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Equifax by 3.4% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 11,433,584 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,563,429,000 after acquiring an additional 373,774 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC increased its stake in Equifax by 5.8% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 6,046,517 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $830,912,000 after acquiring an additional 329,481 shares during the last quarter. Finally, MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd bought a new position in Equifax in the first quarter valued at approximately $39,675,000. 89.96% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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.

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