Equities analysts forecast that Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE:DNB) will report earnings per share of $3.03 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Five analysts have issued estimates for Dun & Bradstreet’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $2.98 to $3.06. Dun & Bradstreet reported earnings per share of $2.99 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 1.3%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th.

On average, analysts expect that Dun & Bradstreet will report full year earnings of $7.17 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.12 to $7.20. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $7.37 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.14 to $7.56. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Dun & Bradstreet.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The business services provider reported $1.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.58 by $0.21. The company had revenue of $428.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $428.81 million. Dun & Bradstreet had a negative return on equity of 28.31% and a net margin of 11.12%. Dun & Bradstreet’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.79 earnings per share.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on DNB. Robert W. Baird reduced their target price on Dun & Bradstreet from $130.00 to $127.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Dun & Bradstreet from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on Dun & Bradstreet in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $125.00 target price for the company. Finally, Barclays raised Dun & Bradstreet from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and upped their target price for the company from $105.00 to $125.00 in a report on Monday, November 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $125.75.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet by 20.2% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,050,058 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $329,861,000 after purchasing an additional 511,579 shares during the period. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn LLC grew its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet by 52.5% during the second quarter. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn LLC now owns 1,735,371 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $187,680,000 after purchasing an additional 597,297 shares during the period. Bessemer Group Inc. grew its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet by 3.0% during the third quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 1,323,140 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $154,027,000 after purchasing an additional 38,076 shares during the period. Glenview Capital Management LLC bought a new position in Dun & Bradstreet during the second quarter valued at $108,776,000. Finally, Shapiro Capital Management LLC bought a new position in Dun & Bradstreet during the second quarter valued at $98,786,000. 90.82% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) traded down $0.37 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $119.96. The stock had a trading volume of 190,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 240,533. The company has a market capitalization of $4,433.69, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.11, a PEG ratio of 1.81 and a beta of 1.27. The company has a current ratio of 0.92, a quick ratio of 0.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.93. Dun & Bradstreet has a 52 week low of $100.46 and a 52 week high of $125.57.

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Dun & Bradstreet Company Profile

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States and Canada, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, Greater China, India, and its European and Asia Pacific Worldwide Networks.

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