Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-five analysts that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, ten have given a hold recommendation and ten have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $260.21.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on ADS. Wedbush reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $252.00 price objective (up previously from $225.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $288.00 target price on the stock 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 research report on Tuesday, June 20th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $278.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th.

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A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Fiduciary Trust Co. purchased a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in the second quarter valued at $108,000. Johnson Financial Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 9.8% in the 1st quarter. Johnson Financial Group Inc. now owns 426 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $106,000 after acquiring an additional 38 shares during the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.6% in the 2nd quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 488 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $125,000 after acquiring an additional 26 shares during the last quarter. ETF Managers Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in the 2nd quarter worth about $128,000. Finally, FNY Partners Fund LP lifted its holdings in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 163.0% in the 1st quarter. FNY Partners Fund LP now owns 526 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $130,000 after acquiring an additional 326 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.04% of the company’s stock.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) opened at 225.75 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.53 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.74 and a beta of 1.75. The company has a 50-day moving average of $220.67 and a 200 day moving average of $240.77. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12 month low of $197.69 and a 12 month high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a return on equity of 59.67% and a net margin of 6.77%. The business had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.85 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $3.68 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th were given a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 10th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.92%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is presently 23.69%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation declared that its board has approved a stock repurchase program on Thursday, July 27th that permits the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the business services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

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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