Great West Life Assurance Co. Can reduced its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 0.1% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 108,814 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 71 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $9,171,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of VRSK. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust increased its position in Verisk Analytics by 40.3% in the second quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,324 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 380 shares in the last quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC increased its position in Verisk Analytics by 13.3% in the second quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 7,467 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $630,000 after buying an additional 878 shares in the last quarter. NGAM Advisors L.P. increased its position in Verisk Analytics by 28.2% in the second quarter. NGAM Advisors L.P. now owns 178,874 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $15,091,000 after buying an additional 39,343 shares in the last quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the second quarter valued at approximately $53,513,000. Finally, Shell Asset Management Co. increased its position in Verisk Analytics by 4.2% in the second quarter. Shell Asset Management Co. now owns 17,035 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,437,000 after buying an additional 693 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.14% of the company’s stock.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) opened at 80.58 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $84.44 and its 200-day moving average price is $82.14. The company has a market capitalization of $13.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.29 and a beta of 0.66. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 12 month low of $75.60 and a 12 month high of $88.17.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $523.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $519.67 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 38.43% and a net margin of 22.99%. Verisk Analytics’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.73 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post $3.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several equities analysts have commented on the company. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $85.00 target price (up from $80.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. downgraded Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $85.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $82.00 target price (down from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets increased their target price on Verisk Analytics from $81.00 to $83.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Verisk Analytics currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $85.00.

In other Verisk Analytics news, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.47, for a total transaction of $250,410.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 107,666 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,986,881.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 1,304 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.46, for a total value of $107,527.84. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 9,989 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $823,692.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 27,551 shares of company stock valued at $2,211,942 in the last ninety days. 3.41% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK)

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