Walter & Keenan Financial Consulting Co. MI ADV maintained its stake in Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 4,490 shares of the credit services provider’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Walter & Keenan Financial Consulting Co. MI ADV’s holdings in Equifax were worth $617,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other large investors have also bought and sold shares of EFX. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in Equifax by 4.0% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 385,881 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $53,028,000 after buying an additional 14,724 shares during the last quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board increased its stake in Equifax by 68.3% in the second quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 75,417 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $10,364,000 after buying an additional 30,598 shares during the last quarter. HL Financial Services LLC acquired a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter valued at approximately $354,000. Advisor Partners LLC increased its stake in Equifax by 14.4% in the second quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 2,020 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $278,000 after buying an additional 254 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pictet Asset Management Ltd. increased its stake in Equifax by 14.5% in the second quarter. Pictet Asset Management Ltd. now owns 687,429 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $94,040,000 after buying an additional 87,200 shares during the last quarter. 89.55% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Equifax, Inc. (EFX) opened at 142.94 on Thursday. Equifax, Inc. has a 1-year low of $110.87 and a 1-year high of $147.02. The stock has a market capitalization of $17.21 billion, a PE ratio of 30.28 and a beta of 0.91. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $141.48 and a 200-day moving average of $135.37.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.03. Equifax had a net margin of 17.44% and a return on equity of 24.88%. The business had revenue of $856.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $860.48 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.43 EPS. Equifax’s revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Equifax, Inc. will post $6.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 23rd. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.09%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 33.05%.

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

In related news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 14,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $136.44, for a total transaction of $1,910,160.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 48,578 shares in the company, valued at $6,627,982.32. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of the business’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 sale, the chief financial officer now owns 42,078 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,126,556.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 26,219 shares of company stock valued at $3,691,098 over the last 90 days. 1.29% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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