Media headlines about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 45.8173115248624 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several brokerages have issued reports on VRSK. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $85.00 price objective (up from $80.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. SunTrust Banks, Inc. downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $82.00 price objective (down from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $81.00 to $83.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, July 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Verisk Analytics currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $85.00.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) traded down 1.17% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $80.58. 788,552 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $13.26 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.29 and a beta of 0.66. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $84.44 and a 200 day moving average of $82.14. Verisk Analytics has a 1-year low of $75.60 and a 1-year high of $88.17.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $523.20 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $519.67 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 22.99% and a return on equity of 38.43%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.73 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Verisk Analytics will post $3.14 EPS for the current year.

In other Verisk Analytics news, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 1,304 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.46, for a total value of $107,527.84. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 9,989 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $823,692.94. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director John F. Lehman sold 8,247 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.72, for a total transaction of $649,203.84. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 115,073 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,058,546.56. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 27,551 shares of company stock valued at $2,211,942 in the last 90 days. Insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.

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About Verisk Analytics

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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