Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the fifteen brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $84.50.

A number of analysts have recently commented on VRSK shares. Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $82.00 target price (down previously from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, September 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated a “neutral” rating and set a $85.00 target price (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Thursday, August 3rd.

Shares of Verisk Analytics (VRSK) traded down 0.07% on Friday, hitting $84.85. The company had a trading volume of 749,091 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $13.96 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.84 and a beta of 0.70. Verisk Analytics has a 52 week low of $75.60 and a 52 week high of $88.17. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $82.75 and its 200 day moving average is $82.14.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.82 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 22.99% and a return on equity of 38.43%. The firm had revenue of $523.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $519.67 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.73 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Verisk Analytics will post $3.13 EPS for the current year.

In other news, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.50, for a total value of $247,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 105,525 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,705,812.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 1,768 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.50, for a total value of $145,860.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 102,525 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,458,312.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 17,304 shares of company stock valued at $1,410,728. 3.41% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of VRSK. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 40.3% in the 2nd quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,324 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 380 shares during the last quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 45.8% in the 2nd quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC now owns 1,330 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 418 shares during the last quarter. Huntington National Bank raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 29.6% in the 2nd quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 1,548 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 354 shares during the last quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 300.5% in the 2nd quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 1,690 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $143,000 after buying an additional 1,268 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Perigon Wealth Management LLC raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 61.2% in the 2nd quarter. Perigon Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,763 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 669 shares during the last quarter. 93.13% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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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