Middleton & Co Inc MA increased its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 0.7% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 85,513 shares of the business services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 629 shares during the period. Verisk Analytics makes up approximately 1.3% of Middleton & Co Inc MA’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 29th largest holding. Middleton & Co Inc MA owned about 0.05% of Verisk Analytics worth $7,114,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. HighTower Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.7% during the second quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 3,914 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $326,000 after purchasing an additional 104 shares during the period. Dock Street Asset Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 40.1% during the second quarter. Dock Street Asset Management Inc. now owns 81,080 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,841,000 after acquiring an additional 23,192 shares in the last quarter. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 63.4% during the third quarter. Mountain Pacific Investment Advisers Inc. ID now owns 198,962 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $16,552,000 after acquiring an additional 77,185 shares in the last quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 25.5% during the second quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. now owns 3,794 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $320,000 after acquiring an additional 772 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Assenagon Asset Management S.A. lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 161.7% during the third quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. now owns 9,257 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $770,000 after acquiring an additional 5,720 shares in the last quarter. 93.68% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several research analysts have weighed in on VRSK shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $90.00 target price on Verisk Analytics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 21st. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $82.00 target price (down from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, September 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Verisk Analytics presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $88.23.

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In related news, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 1,304 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated 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 owns 9,989 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $823,692.94. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director David B. Wright sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.82, for a total transaction of $808,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,951 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,127,519.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 229,530 shares of company stock valued at $19,475,282. 3.41% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The business services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $549.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $527.97 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 36.91% and a net margin of 22.09%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.84 EPS.

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.

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

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