Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by equities research analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co in a research note issued on Friday.

A number of other equities analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating and set a $144.00 target price (up previously from $142.00) on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. BidaskClub raised shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Argus initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $166.00 target price for the company. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 target price (up previously from $140.00) on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $145.09.

Shares of Equifax (NYSE EFX) traded down 13.66% during trading on Friday, hitting $123.23. 16,847,183 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.83 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.10 and a beta of 0.93. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $142.78 and a 200-day moving average of $138.06. Equifax has a 1-year low of $110.87 and a 1-year high of $147.02.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.03. Equifax had a net margin of 17.44% and a return on equity of 24.88%. The business had revenue of $856.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $860.48 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.43 earnings per share. Equifax’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts forecast that Equifax will post $6.08 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Equifax news, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 1,719 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.70, for a total value of $250,458.30. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 43,648 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,359,513.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.60, for a total transaction of $946,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 42,078 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,126,556.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 12,219 shares of company stock valued at $1,780,938. Insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. IFP Advisors Inc grew its holdings in shares of Equifax by 9.4% during the first quarter. IFP Advisors Inc now owns 745 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $102,000 after buying an additional 64 shares during the last quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board grew its holdings in shares of Equifax by 20.9% during the first quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 44,819 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $6,129,000 after buying an additional 7,735 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its holdings in shares of Equifax by 287.4% during the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 77,704 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $10,625,000 after buying an additional 57,646 shares during the last quarter. Pictet Asset Management Ltd. grew its holdings in shares of Equifax by 62.6% during the first quarter. Pictet Asset Management Ltd. now owns 600,229 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $82,075,000 after buying an additional 231,100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Busey Trust CO grew its holdings in shares of Equifax by 1.1% during the first quarter. Busey Trust CO now owns 32,906 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $4,500,000 after buying an additional 371 shares during the last quarter. 90.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Equifax

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

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