Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by research analysts at Deutsche Bank AG in a research report issued on Monday. They presently have a $278.00 target price on the business services provider’s stock. Deutsche Bank AG’s price objective points to a potential upside of 8.52% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other research analysts have also recently commented on the company. TheStreet raised Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $288.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 20th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 23rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $244.57.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE ADS) traded down 0.05% on Monday, reaching $256.03. The company had a trading volume of 329,297 shares. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $246.61 and a 200-day moving average price of $241.75. The stock has a market cap of $14.25 billion, a PE ratio of 33.98 and a beta of 1.77. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12 month low of $193.67 and a 12 month high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 20th. The business services provider reported $3.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.64 by $0.27. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 6.88% and a return on equity of 57.03%. The business had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.81 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $3.84 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, June 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 15th were paid a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 11th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.81%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s payout ratio is currently 27.55%.

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Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ADS. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 6.9% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 234,450 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $53,573,000 after buying an additional 15,196 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the fourth quarter worth $79,830,000. Israel Discount Bank of New York GFN acquired a new stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the fourth quarter worth $560,000. RMB Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 8.7% in the fourth quarter. RMB Capital Management LLC now owns 93,600 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $21,388,000 after buying an additional 7,490 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Kentucky Retirement Systems acquired a new stake in Alliance Data Systems Corporation during the fourth quarter worth $958,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.14% of the company’s stock.

About Alliance Data Systems Corporation

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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