Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) COO Mark V. Anquillare sold 26,250 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.45, for a total transaction of $3,686,812.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 87,776 shares in the company, valued at $12,328,139.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

Shares of NASDAQ VRSK opened at $136.75 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $22.74 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.27, a PEG ratio of 3.01 and a beta of 0.68. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a one year low of $102.74 and a one year high of $164.97. The company’s fifty day moving average is $152.59 and its two-hundred day moving average is $150.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a current ratio of 0.85.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The business services provider reported $1.12 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $652.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $650.34 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 33.57% and a net margin of 18.23%. Verisk Analytics’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.08 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 4.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on VRSK shares. Morgan Stanley lowered their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $164.00 to $162.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 31st. Robert W. Baird lifted their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $137.00 to $165.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, August 26th. Bank of America lifted their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $146.00 to $155.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 31st. William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, October 31st. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $148.20.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI boosted its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 99.1% during the 3rd quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 233 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $37,000 after purchasing an additional 116 shares in the last quarter. Usca Ria LLC acquired a new position in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 3rd quarter worth $41,000. Point72 Asset Management L.P. acquired a new position in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 2nd quarter worth $44,000. Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 44.6% during the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 337 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $47,000 after buying an additional 104 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Signaturefd LLC raised its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 69.0% during the 2nd quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 338 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $50,000 after buying an additional 138 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 91.11% of the company’s stock.

About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions in the United States and internationally. It provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and various other fields.

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