Equifax (NYSE: EFX) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 11/14/2017 – Equifax was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Equifax’s third-quarter 2017 results were disappointing. The results bear the brunt of data breach as customers were cautious about the company’s cybersecurity practices and deferred purchases. Management hinted that this factor may have a greater negative impact on the forthcoming quarter sales. Additionally, with lawmakers and investigating agencies probing the mishap, troubles for Equifax are unlikely to end any time soon. Notably, shares have underperformed the industry on YTD basis. Nonetheless, we believe that management’s efforts, such as strategic initiatives for product innovation and expansion of data assets through acquisitions should act as tailwinds. Also, the company’s strong correlation with the consumer and financial markets, and exposure in the U.S. and Europe are likely to propel growth.”
  • 11/13/2017 – Equifax was downgraded by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $115.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $149.00.
  • 11/13/2017 – Equifax had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from $113.00 to $114.00. They now have a “sector perform” rating on the stock.
  • 11/8/2017 – Equifax is now covered by analysts at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The). They set a “neutral” rating and a $116.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/23/2017 – Equifax was downgraded by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating. They now have a $113.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $109.40.
  • 10/13/2017 – Equifax had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc..
  • 10/6/2017 – Equifax was given a new $127.00 price target on by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 10/4/2017 – Equifax had its “equal weight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stephens. They now have a $110.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/3/2017 – Equifax had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co.
  • 9/26/2017 – Equifax had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They now have a $110.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/26/2017 – Equifax had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $149.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/26/2017 – Equifax had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Evercore ISI. They now have a $110.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Equifax was upgraded by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating. They now have a $127.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $135.00.
  • 9/19/2017 – Equifax had its price target lowered by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from $154.00 to $113.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/19/2017 – Equifax had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG. They now have a $115.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/16/2017 – Equifax had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Evercore ISI. They now have a $110.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $174.00.

Shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded up $0.52 on Wednesday, hitting $109.31. The stock had a trading volume of 1,126,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,631,830. Equifax, Inc. has a 52 week low of $89.59 and a 52 week high of $147.02. The company has a quick ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. The company has a market capitalization of $13,063.44, a P/E ratio of 18.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.84 and a beta of 0.93.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. The company had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $847.28 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.44 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that Equifax, Inc. will post 5.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.43%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.29%.

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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