Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) had its price target increased by UBS Group from $119.00 to $124.00 in a research note published on Wednesday, Stock Target Advisor reports. The brokerage currently has a sell rating on the business services provider’s stock.

VRSK has been the topic of several other research reports. Deutsche Bank set a $137.00 price objective on Verisk Analytics and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 23rd. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on Zynga and gave the stock an overweight rating in a research note on Thursday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Zymeworks from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $19.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Saturday, April 27th. BidaskClub raised Zynga from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, April 25th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of NXP Semiconductors in a research report on Sunday, May 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $130.45.

Shares of NASDAQ:VRSK opened at $151.83 on Wednesday. Verisk Analytics has a 52-week low of $102.74 and a 52-week high of $152.10. The company has a market capitalization of $24.74 billion, a PE ratio of 36.94, a P/E/G ratio of 3.38 and a beta of 0.76. The business has a 50 day moving average price of $145.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 0.69 and a current ratio of 0.69.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 30th. The business services provider reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.03. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 33.36% and a net margin of 24.60%. The company had revenue of $625.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $618.14 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.94 earnings per share. Verisk Analytics’s revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics will post 4.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a special dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 28th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 14th were given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, June 13th. Verisk Analytics’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 24.33%.

In other Verisk Analytics news, CAO David J. Grover sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $144.25, for a total transaction of $432,750.00. Following the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 9,931 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,432,546.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,091 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $137.34, for a total value of $424,517.94. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 36,441 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,004,806.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 16,169 shares of company stock worth $2,334,098 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 2.71% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in VRSK. Harvest Group Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 1st quarter valued at $26,000. Signaturefd LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 112.8% during the 1st quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 200 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 106 shares during the last quarter. Glassman Wealth Services lifted its holdings in shares of Verisk Analytics by 43.4% during the 1st quarter. Glassman Wealth Services now owns 248 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $33,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the last quarter. Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 1st quarter valued at $39,000. Finally, Executive Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the 4th quarter valued at $33,000. 93.40% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

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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