Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages

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Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the fourteen analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $115.18.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. BidaskClub raised Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 21st. Robert W. Baird lifted their price objective on Verisk Analytics from $125.00 to $133.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. SunTrust Banks lifted their price objective on Verisk Analytics to $120.00 in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, Bank of America began coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $125.00 price objective on the stock.

In related news, insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,090 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.09, for a total transaction of $352,538.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 37,127 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,235,819.43. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.97, for a total value of $332,910.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 69,605 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,724,066.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 175,103 shares of company stock valued at $20,787,861. Company insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of VRSK. Bollard Group LLC purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the 4th quarter valued at $33,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 10,289.7% during the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 4,530,830 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $42,000 after acquiring an additional 4,487,221 shares during the period. Csenge Advisory Group purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the 3rd quarter valued at $45,000. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. boosted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 87.6% during the 4th quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 452 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $49,000 after acquiring an additional 211 shares during the period. Finally, Lindbrook Capital LLC purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics during the 4th quarter valued at $56,000. Institutional investors own 93.13% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ:VRSK traded up $1.73 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $121.98. The stock had a trading volume of 652,950 shares, compared to its average volume of 617,527. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.49 and a quick ratio of 0.49. Verisk Analytics has a 52 week low of $90.60 and a 52 week high of $125.99. The company has a market cap of $19.80 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.00, a PEG ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 0.74.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions for customers in the insurance, energy, and financial markets in the United States and internationally. Its Decision Analytics segment develops predictive models to forecast scenarios, and produce standard and customized analytics for predicting loss, selecting and pricing risk, detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses.

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