Shares of Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-four analysts that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and thirteen have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $277.71.
ADS has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Oppenheimer set a $208.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. ValuEngine raised Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 21st. Finally, Barclays raised Alliance Data Systems from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their price target for the company from $265.00 to $310.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd.
Alliance Data Systems (NYSE ADS) opened at $238.78 on Tuesday. Alliance Data Systems has a 1 year low of $209.00 and a 1 year high of $278.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 8.02, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 1.91. The company has a market capitalization of $13,807.20, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.90, a PEG ratio of 0.89 and a beta of 1.71.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 20th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.57 per share. This is a boost from Alliance Data Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 13th. This represents a $2.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.95%. Alliance Data Systems’s dividend payout ratio is 14.72%.
In related news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total transaction of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.
Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Cryder Capital Partners LLP increased its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 6.9% in the 3rd quarter. Cryder Capital Partners LLP now owns 140,071 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $31,033,000 after acquiring an additional 9,063 shares during the last quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C increased its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 3.7% in the 3rd quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 140,187 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $31,059,000 after acquiring an additional 4,980 shares during the last quarter. Court Place Advisors LLC increased its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 6.9% in the 3rd quarter. Court Place Advisors LLC now owns 11,013 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,440,000 after acquiring an additional 715 shares during the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. increased its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 1,310.0% in the 2nd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,410 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $362,000 after acquiring an additional 1,310 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp increased its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 33.6% in the 3rd quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 14,833 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,286,000 after acquiring an additional 3,733 shares during the last quarter. 94.82% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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About Alliance Data Systems
Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.
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