FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors bought 2,560 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately Infinity compared to the typical daily volume of 0 put options.

FDS has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of FactSet Research Systems from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $166.00 price objective (up previously from $157.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. BidaskClub cut shares of FactSet Research Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Northcoast Research raised shares of FactSet Research Systems from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $195.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, September 21st. Finally, Bank of America Corporation reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $192.00 price objective (up previously from $180.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. FactSet Research Systems presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $172.73.

Shares of FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) opened at $190.63 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $7,455.54, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a current ratio of 2.04, a quick ratio of 2.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. FactSet Research Systems has a 12-month low of $152.09 and a 12-month high of $191.51.

FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, September 26th. The business services provider reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $326.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $325.26 million. FactSet Research Systems had a net margin of 21.15% and a return on equity of 55.76%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.69 EPS. equities research analysts expect that FactSet Research Systems will post 8.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, COO Mark J. Hale sold 9,458 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.34, for a total value of $1,705,655.72. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 11,314 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,040,366.76. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Frederick Philip Snow sold 7,334 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $181.24, for a total transaction of $1,329,214.16. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 11,262 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,041,124.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 17,841 shares of company stock worth $3,224,739 in the last three months. Insiders own 2.70% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Alps Advisors Inc. lifted its position in shares of FactSet Research Systems by 9.2% in the 3rd quarter. Alps Advisors Inc. now owns 3,340 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $602,000 after purchasing an additional 281 shares during the period. Sunbelt Securities Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of FactSet Research Systems in the 3rd quarter worth about $404,000. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System lifted its position in shares of FactSet Research Systems by 4.6% in the 3rd quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 49,786 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $8,967,000 after purchasing an additional 2,190 shares during the period. NewFocus Financial Group LLC lifted its position in shares of FactSet Research Systems by 2.4% in the 3rd quarter. NewFocus Financial Group LLC now owns 13,435 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,420,000 after purchasing an additional 315 shares during the period. Finally, American Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of FactSet Research Systems by 0.6% in the 3rd quarter. American Capital Management Inc. now owns 280,849 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $50,584,000 after purchasing an additional 1,725 shares during the period. 93.80% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About FactSet Research Systems

Factset Research Systems Inc is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas.

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