Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) was upgraded by Compass Point from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report issued on Thursday, The Fly reports.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. TheStreet raised shares of Alliance Data Systems from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 20th. Deutsche Bank AG set a $278.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. Barclays PLC reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Sunday, January 29th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Monday, April 17th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Alliance Data Systems has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $239.42.

Analyst Recommendations for Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS)

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) traded up 4.609% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $248.665. The stock had a trading volume of 76,077 shares. Alliance Data Systems has a 12-month low of $185.02 and a 12-month high of $266.25. The stock has a market cap of $13.84 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.006 and a beta of 1.65. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $248.62 and its 200 day moving average price is $236.94.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 20th. The business services provider reported $3.91 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.64 by $0.27. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.23% and a return on equity of 54.59%. The firm had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.81 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $3.84 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems will post $18.56 EPS 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 $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.88%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 11th. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 28.42%.

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

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of ADS. Sustainable Insight Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems during the fourth quarter worth $4,227,000. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 72.6% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 1,716 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $392,000 after buying an additional 722 shares in the last quarter. Loomis Sayles & Co. L P raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 240.2% in the fourth quarter. Loomis Sayles & Co. L P now owns 270,009 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $61,697,000 after buying an additional 190,649 shares in the last quarter. Cryder Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 19.9% in the third quarter. Cryder Capital Partners LLP now owns 104,622 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $22,445,000 after buying an additional 17,400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 2,323,086 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $530,832,000 after buying an additional 53,518 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.75% of the company’s stock.

Alliance Data Systems Company Profile

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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