Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) EVP Kenneth E. Thompson sold 22,513 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $105.02, for a total transaction of $2,364,315.26. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 67,551 shares in the company, valued at $7,094,206.02. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) opened at $103.99 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 0.45 and a quick ratio of 0.45. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a one year low of $75.60 and a one year high of $106.07. The company has a market cap of $17,366.77, a PE ratio of 31.51, a P/E/G ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 0.71.

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Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 20th. The business services provider reported $1.34 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by $0.56. The firm had revenue of $570.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $557.09 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 25.88% and a return on equity of 33.58%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 3.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $112.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, February 26th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $112.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. SunTrust Banks upped their price target on shares of Verisk Analytics to $105.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Finally, Wells Fargo restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $115.00 price target (up from $105.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Verisk Analytics currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $103.07.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in VRSK. Harding Loevner LP grew its stake in Verisk Analytics by 95.4% during the third quarter. Harding Loevner LP now owns 5,847,407 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $243,146,000 after buying an additional 2,855,204 shares in the last quarter. Two Creeks Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the fourth quarter worth about $68,479,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in Verisk Analytics by 2,005.0% during the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 635,022 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $60,962,000 after buying an additional 604,854 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans grew its stake in Verisk Analytics by 7,626.7% during the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 475,191 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $45,618,000 after buying an additional 469,041 shares in the last quarter. Finally, DF Dent & Co. Inc. grew its stake in Verisk Analytics by 19.8% during the fourth quarter. DF Dent & Co. Inc. now owns 1,724,022 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $165,506,000 after buying an additional 285,230 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.44% of the company’s stock.

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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.

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