Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) had its target price upped by UBS Group from $106.00 to $111.00 in a research note published on Tuesday, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. They currently have a sell rating on the business services provider’s stock.

Several other research firms have also commented on VRSK. BidaskClub lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday. Robert W. Baird set a $137.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $119.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Verisk Analytics currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $119.20.

NASDAQ VRSK opened at $135.15 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 0.49 and a quick ratio of 0.49. The company has a market cap of $22.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.88, a PEG ratio of 2.97 and a beta of 0.79. Verisk Analytics has a 52 week low of $95.21 and a 52 week high of $136.99.

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

The company also recently declared 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 of this dividend was Thursday, March 14th. Verisk Analytics’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 6.08%.

In related news, insider David J. Grover sold 8,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.20, for a total transaction of $1,064,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 15,569 shares in the company, valued at $1,949,238.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,090 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.92, for a total transaction of $386,002.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 37,127 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,637,904.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 35,138 shares of company stock valued at $4,389,117 over the last 90 days. 3.19% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 250.6% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 995,252 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $119,978,000 after purchasing an additional 711,385 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.5% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 1,363,868 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $164,414,000 after acquiring an additional 32,958 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 7.5% in the 3rd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 12,934 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,559,000 after acquiring an additional 905 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.8% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 617,320 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $74,419,000 after buying an additional 16,959 shares during the period. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 6.2% in the 3rd quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 21,427 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,583,000 after buying an additional 1,242 shares during the period. 92.88% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Verisk Analytics

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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