Shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) gapped down prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $91.56, but opened at $92.98. Equifax shares last traded at $92.46, with a volume of 5,612,890 shares trading hands.

EFX has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, September 8th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. boosted their price objective on Equifax from $110.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on Equifax from $127.00 to $140.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. Evercore ISI reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $174.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Saturday, September 9th. Finally, Argus lowered Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $133.73.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $133.48 and a 200-day moving average price of $136.54. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.42 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.10 and a beta of 0.93.

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 the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.03. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.88% and a net margin of 17.44%. The company had revenue of $856.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $860.48 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.43 EPS. Equifax’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Equifax, Inc. will post $6.01 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.64%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 33.05%.

In other Equifax news, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 1,719 shares of Equifax 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 transaction, the insider now directly owns 43,648 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,359,513.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $145.60, for a total value of $946,400.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 42,078 shares in the company, valued at $6,126,556.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 12,219 shares of company stock worth $1,780,938. 1.29% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. ETF Managers Group LLC acquired a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth about $137,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC lifted its holdings in Equifax by 5.0% during the 2nd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 781 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $108,000 after buying an additional 37 shares during the period. Sun Life Financial INC lifted its holdings in Equifax by 9,722.2% during the 2nd quarter. Sun Life Financial INC now owns 884 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $121,000 after buying an additional 875 shares during the period. IFP Advisors Inc lifted its holdings in Equifax by 24.6% during the 2nd quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 928 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 183 shares during the period. Finally, SNS Financial Group LLC acquired a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth about $200,000. 90.00% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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