Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) Director Annell R. Bay purchased 306 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 14th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $81.58 per share, for a total transaction of $24,963.48. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 1,938 shares in the company, valued at $158,102.04. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ VRSK) traded up 0.31% on Wednesday, hitting $81.65. 559,507 shares of the stock traded hands. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 12-month low of $75.60 and a 12-month high of $88.17. The firm has a market cap of $13.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.68 and a beta of 0.66. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $84.26 and a 200-day moving average of $82.11.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.82 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $523.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $519.67 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 22.99% and a return on equity of 38.43%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.73 EPS. Analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post $3.14 earnings per share for the current year.

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Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. boosted its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.1% in the first quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 4,242 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $322,000 after buying an additional 87 shares in the last quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. boosted its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 14.1% in the first quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. now owns 9,023 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $732,000 after buying an additional 1,118 shares in the last quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama boosted its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1.3% in the first quarter. Retirement Systems of Alabama now owns 74,777 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,067,000 after buying an additional 965 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue acquired a new position in shares of Verisk Analytics during the first quarter worth about $791,000. Finally, Oakbrook Investments LLC acquired a new position in shares of Verisk Analytics during the first quarter worth about $487,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.07% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Macquarie raised shares of Verisk Analytics from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $90.00 to $95.00 in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, May 5th. J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $87.00 to $75.00 in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. BidaskClub raised shares of Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating and issued a $82.00 target price (down previously from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $85.00.

About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.

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