Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) announced a dividend on Wednesday, October 23rd, Fidelity reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 13th will be paid a dividend of 0.25 per share by the business services provider on Tuesday, December 31st. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 12th.

Verisk Analytics stock traded down $0.21 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $147.26. The stock had a trading volume of 35,205 shares, compared to its average volume of 890,748. The stock has a 50-day simple moving average of $145.24 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $150.57. The stock has a market capitalization of $24.06 billion, a PE ratio of 35.83, a P/E/G ratio of 3.19 and a beta of 0.69. Verisk Analytics has a 12 month low of $102.74 and a 12 month high of $164.97. The company has a current ratio of 0.85, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.40.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The business services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.13 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $652.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $650.34 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 18.23% and a return on equity of 33.57%. Verisk Analytics’s revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.08 EPS. Sell-side analysts expect that Verisk Analytics will post 4.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Verisk Analytics news, VP Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,591 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $147.56, for a total transaction of $529,887.96. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 36,033 shares in the company, valued at $5,317,029.48. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, COO Mark V. Anquillare sold 26,250 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.45, for a total value of $3,686,812.50. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 87,776 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,328,139.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 132,076 shares of company stock worth $19,673,042. Company insiders own 2.71% of the company’s stock.

VRSK has been the topic of several recent research reports. BidaskClub upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, November 23rd. ValuEngine cut Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods initiated coverage on Verisk Analytics in a report on Monday, September 23rd. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $166.00 price target on the stock. Robert W. Baird raised their price target on Verisk Analytics from $137.00 to $165.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, August 26th. Finally, William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Thursday, October 31st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $154.44.

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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