Capital Directions Investment Advisors LLC Acquires 100 Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK)

Capital Directions Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 58.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 270 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 100 shares during the quarter. Capital Directions Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $47,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 80.0% during the first quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. now owns 171 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $30,000 after buying an additional 76 shares during the last quarter. Trustcore Financial Services LLC grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 143.2% during the second quarter. Trustcore Financial Services LLC now owns 214 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $37,000 after buying an additional 126 shares during the last quarter. Sycomore Asset Management bought a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the first quarter worth $61,000. Key Financial Inc grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 18.7% during the second quarter. Key Financial Inc now owns 356 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $68,000 after buying an additional 56 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Solstein Capital LLC bought a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the first quarter worth $68,000. 87.85% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Verisk Analytics news, CFO Lee Shavel sold 483 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $201.58, for a total transaction of $97,363.14. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director David B. Wright sold 3,870 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $203.28, for a total transaction of $786,693.60. Following the sale, the director now owns 17,688 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,595,616.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 4,836 shares of company stock worth $981,579. Insiders own 2.28% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $220.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday. BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $182.00 to $195.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, August 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their target price on shares of Verisk Analytics from $203.00 to $235.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 28th. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Verisk Analytics from $209.00 to $207.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 5th. Finally, Raymond James upped their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $190.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, August 9th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. Based on data from MarketBeat, the stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $211.00.

Shares of VRSK stock traded up $2.76 on Thursday, hitting $211.13. 8,575 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 922,232. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 0.61. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a one year low of $159.79 and a one year high of $210.66. The company’s fifty day simple moving average is $200.32 and its 200 day simple moving average is $186.60. The stock has a market capitalization of $34.07 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 50.09, a P/E/G ratio of 3.91 and a beta of 0.78.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its earnings results on Monday, August 2nd. The business services provider reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.33 by ($0.16). The business had revenue of $747.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $733.06 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 23.69% and a return on equity of 30.92%. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.29 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 5.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, September 15th were issued a $0.29 dividend. This represents a $1.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.55%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, September 14th. Verisk Analytics’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 23.02%.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider, which engages in the provision of data analytics for customers in insurance, energy markets and financial services. It operates through the following segments: Insurance, Energy & Specialized Markets, and Financial Services. The Insurance segment serves insurance customers and focuses on the prediction of loss, the selection and pricing of risk, and compliance.

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