Equifax, Inc. (EFX) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $127.58.

EFX has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $149.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $110.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Wells Fargo & Co set a $127.00 price target on shares of Equifax and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $137.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC boosted its holdings in Equifax by 5.0% in the 2nd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 781 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $108,000 after purchasing an additional 37 shares during the period. National Asset Management Inc. boosted its holdings in Equifax by 3.0% in the 2nd quarter. National Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,930 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $267,000 after purchasing an additional 57 shares during the period. Sentry Investment Management LLC boosted its holdings in Equifax by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,057 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $970,000 after purchasing an additional 96 shares during the period. HighTower Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Equifax by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 19,836 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $2,716,000 after purchasing an additional 97 shares during the period. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB boosted its holdings in Equifax by 0.6% in the 2nd quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 27,468 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,775,000 after purchasing an additional 177 shares during the period. 95.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) traded down $0.38 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $122.84. 929,300 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,237,275. Equifax has a 1 year low of $89.59 and a 1 year high of $147.02. The company has a current ratio of 0.67, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. The company has a market cap of $14,930.00, a PE ratio of 27.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.95.

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

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About Equifax

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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