Deutsche Bank set a $137.00 price target on Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) in a research report report published on Tuesday, TipRanks reports. The firm currently has a hold rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. UBS Group raised their price target on Verisk Analytics from $106.00 to $111.00 and gave the stock a sell rating in a report on Tuesday, April 9th. BidaskClub downgraded Verisk Analytics from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, April 9th. Robert W. Baird set a $137.00 price target on Verisk Analytics and gave the stock an outperform rating in a report on Wednesday, February 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised Verisk Analytics from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $119.00 price target on Verisk Analytics and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $120.82.

VRSK opened at $139.47 on Tuesday. Verisk Analytics has a 1 year low of $95.21 and a 1 year high of $139.52. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 0.49 and a current ratio of 0.49. The stock has a market capitalization of $22.81 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.93, a P/E/G ratio of 3.03 and a beta of 0.79.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 19th. The business services provider reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.07 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $613.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $613.07 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 25.00% and a return on equity of 32.77%. Verisk Analytics’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.81 EPS. Sell-side analysts predict that Verisk Analytics will post 4.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a special dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 29th. Investors of record on Friday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 14th. Verisk Analytics’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 6.08%.

In related news, insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,091 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $137.34, for a total transaction of $424,517.94. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 36,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,004,806.94. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,090 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $128.15, for a total value of $395,983.50. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 37,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,757,825.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 35,139 shares of company stock valued at $4,461,097 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 2.71% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the first quarter valued at approximately $39,000. Executive Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $33,000. Bollard Group LLC purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $33,000. Lavaca Capital LLC raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 789.5% during the first quarter. Lavaca Capital LLC now owns 338 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $45,000 after acquiring an additional 300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Csenge Advisory Group purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the third quarter valued at approximately $45,000. Institutional investors own 92.87% of the company’s stock.

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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