TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors purchased 1,267 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 1,524% compared to the typical daily volume of 78 put options.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 14th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target (up previously from $50.00) on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. SunTrust Banks boosted their price target on shares of TransUnion to $64.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered shares of TransUnion from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $54.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, October 30th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $55.00.

Shares of TransUnion (TRU) opened at $55.61 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $10,140.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51, a quick ratio of 1.84 and a current ratio of 1.84. TransUnion has a one year low of $30.39 and a one year high of $56.44.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.06. TransUnion had a net margin of 13.17% and a return on equity of 21.37%. The business had revenue of $498.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $475.52 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.38 EPS. TransUnion’s quarterly revenue was up 13.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that TransUnion will post 1.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CFO Todd M. Cello sold 4,110 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.97, for a total transaction of $217,706.70. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 21,963 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,163,380.11. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Samuel A. Hamood sold 21,341 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.95, for a total transaction of $916,595.95. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 20,243 shares in the company, valued at approximately $869,436.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 4,256,366 shares of company stock worth $222,165,192 in the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of TRU. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 43.6% in the 2nd quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 8,359,334 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $362,043,000 after acquiring an additional 2,536,898 shares in the last quarter. Egerton Capital UK LLP grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 114.8% in the 3rd quarter. Egerton Capital UK LLP now owns 4,574,259 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $216,179,000 after acquiring an additional 2,444,617 shares in the last quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership bought a new stake in shares of TransUnion in the 3rd quarter worth $99,632,000. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 80.4% in the 3rd quarter. TimesSquare Capital Management LLC now owns 3,871,900 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $182,986,000 after acquiring an additional 1,725,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 49.1% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,841,716 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $209,693,000 after acquiring an additional 1,594,833 shares in the last quarter.

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About TransUnion

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive.

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