Robert W. Baird Reiterates Buy Rating for Equifax (EFX)

Robert W. Baird reiterated their buy rating on shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) in a report published on Tuesday. The firm currently has a $137.00 price target on the credit services provider’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Barclays lowered shares of Equifax from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating and raised their target price for the stock from $115.00 to $128.00 in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Equifax from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Royal Bank of Canada raised their target price on shares of Equifax from $113.00 to $114.00 and gave the stock a sector perform rating in a research report on Monday, November 13th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered shares of Equifax from a buy rating to a hold rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $149.00 to $115.00 in a research report on Monday, November 13th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. They set a neutral rating and a $116.00 target price on the stock. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $128.67.

Shares of Equifax (NYSE EFX) traded down $1.07 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $121.18. 1,026,797 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,210,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,550.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.42, a P/E/G ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.95. Equifax has a one year low of $89.59 and a one year high of $147.02. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a current ratio of 0.67 and a quick ratio of 0.67.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.49 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $834.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. Equifax had a net margin of 16.18% and a return on equity of 24.45%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.44 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.92 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 24th were given a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.29%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.29%.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC grew its position in Equifax by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 781 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $108,000 after buying an additional 37 shares during the last quarter. National Asset Management Inc. grew its position in Equifax by 3.0% in the 2nd quarter. National Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,930 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $267,000 after buying an additional 57 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. grew its position in Equifax by 2.4% in the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 2,536 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $348,000 after buying an additional 59 shares during the last quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC grew its position in Equifax by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,057 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $970,000 after buying an additional 96 shares during the last quarter. Finally, HighTower Advisors LLC grew its position in Equifax by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 19,836 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $2,716,000 after buying an additional 97 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 95.20% of the company’s stock.

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Equifax Company Profile

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

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