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Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) has been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the nineteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, American Banking and Market News reports. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $301.11.

A number of research firms have recently commented on ADS. Analysts at SunTrust raised their price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems from $335.00 to $350.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 20th. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday, August 14th. They now have a $274.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Wednesday, August 13th. They now have a $283.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $277.00.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) opened at 261.73 on Friday. Alliance Data Systems has a 52 week low of $196.19 and a 52 week high of $300.49. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $265.0 and its 200-day moving average is $265.4. The company has a market cap of $14.533 billion and a P/E ratio of 32.44. Alliance Data Systems also saw a large decrease in short interest in the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 2,154,288 shares, a decrease of 46.3% from the July 31st total of 4,015,091 shares. Currently, 4.0% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 572,938 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 3.8 days.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last announced its earnings data on Thursday, July 17th. The company reported $2.90 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $2.73 by $0.17. The company had revenue of $1.27 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.25 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $2.41 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 23.1% on a year-over-year basis.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of transaction-based, data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a variety of industries.

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