TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors purchased 1,267 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 1,524% compared to the typical volume of 78 put options.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on TRU shares. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Friday, September 8th. SunTrust Banks lifted their price objective on TransUnion to $64.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $59.00 price target (up from $50.00) on shares of TransUnion in a report on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, Barclays boosted their price target on TransUnion from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $55.00.

In related news, CEO James M. Peck sold 18,106 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.25, for a total transaction of $946,038.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 202,343 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,572,421.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Christopher A. Cartwright sold 234,565 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.05, for a total value of $12,912,803.25. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 105,917 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,830,730.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,256,366 shares of company stock valued at $222,165,192 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of TRU. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 138.6% during the 2nd quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 4,009 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $174,000 after buying an additional 2,329 shares during the period. ETRADE Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of TransUnion during the 3rd quarter valued at $204,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 17.0% during the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 4,780 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 694 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of TransUnion during the 2nd quarter valued at $212,000. Finally, Alpine Global Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of TransUnion during the 2nd quarter valued at $217,000.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) opened at $55.61 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.84, a current ratio of 1.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,042.30, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.23 and a beta of 0.64. TransUnion has a twelve month low of $30.39 and a twelve month high of $56.44.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $498.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $475.52 million. TransUnion had a return on equity of 21.37% and a net margin of 13.17%. TransUnion’s revenue was up 13.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.38 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that TransUnion will post 1.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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About TransUnion

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive.

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