Research analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. initiated coverage on shares of Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) in a research report issued on Tuesday. The brokerage set a “sell” rating and a $185.00 price target on the business services provider’s stock. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc.’s target price points to a potential downside of 22.33% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. TheStreet cut shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 26th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. cut shares of Alliance Data Systems from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $278.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Friday, March 24th. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Sunday, January 29th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Alliance Data Systems presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $239.42.

Analyst Recommendations for Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS)

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) traded down 2.80% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $238.19. The stock had a trading volume of 647,818 shares. Alliance Data Systems has a 1-year low of $185.02 and a 1-year high of $266.25. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $250.59 and its 200 day moving average price is $235.63. The company has a market cap of $13.26 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.62 and a beta of 1.65.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 20th. The business services provider reported $3.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.64 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.81 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.23% and a return on equity of 54.59%. The business’s revenue was up 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $3.84 EPS. Analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems will post $18.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, May 15th will be given a dividend of $0.52 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 11th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.87%. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.42%.

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In other Alliance Data Systems news, SVP Laura Santillan sold 2,784 shares of Alliance Data Systems stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $246.43, for a total transaction of $686,061.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Bryan A. Pearson sold 3,450 shares of Alliance Data Systems stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $247.32, for a total transaction of $853,254.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of ADS. FNY Partners Fund LP boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems by 163.0% in the first quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 526 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $130,000 after buying an additional 326 shares in the last quarter. Oak Associates Ltd. OH boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems by 37.7% in the first quarter. Oak Associates Ltd. OH now owns 48,990 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $12,199,000 after buying an additional 13,400 shares in the last quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems by 854.4% in the first quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 9,401 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,308,000 after buying an additional 8,416 shares in the last quarter. Park West Asset Management LLC boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems by 11.5% in the first quarter. Park West Asset Management LLC now owns 158,556 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $39,480,000 after buying an additional 16,406 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Tudor Investment Corp ET AL purchased a new position in Alliance Data Systems during the first quarter valued at approximately $274,000. 93.75% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Alliance Data Systems

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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