Argus Research Cuts Rating On Equifax, Inc. (EFX) To "Overweight"
Argus Research Cuts Rating On Equifax, Inc. (EFX) To "Overweight"
Argus downgraded Equifax (NYSE:EFX) from Buy to Hold in a report released today.
17 September, 2017, 15:38
After an estimated 143 million Americans' personal information was accessed by hackers targeting Equifax Inc.
EFX has been the subject of several other research reports. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued a buy rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, September 8th.
Argus has downgraded Equifax (NYSE:EFX) from Buy to Hold in a report released on 9/15/2017. Stephens restated a "hold" rating and set a $110.00 target price (down from $145.00) on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday.
Equifax shares have lost a third of their value since the hack, with Morgan Stanley analyst Jeffrey Goldstein writing that the stock could fall down to $50 per share, well below his current price target of $127. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Equifax presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $137.93. (NYSE:EFX). Carlson Capital Ltd Partnership invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Equifax Inc. The company's 50 day moving average is $136.38 and its 200-day moving average is $137.03. Equifax has a 1-year low of $89.59 and a 1-year high of $147.02. The expected JRVR's profit could reach $20.43 million giving the stock 14.81 P/E in the case that $0.68 earnings per share is reported. The company had revenue of $856.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $860.48 million. Equifax Inc had 36 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm's revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. Next quarter's EPS is forecasted to be $1.51 with next year's EPS anticipated to be $6.55. In the last earnings report the EPS was $4.72 and is projected to be $6.06 for the current year with 120,372,000 shares outstanding. This is not a recommendation to buy or sell Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) for 248,700 shares. If you are viewing this piece on another domain, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of United States & worldwide trademark & copyright legislation. Equifax, Inc. also announced a dividend which was paid on Friday September 15th, 2017. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th were issued a $0.39 dividend.
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In related news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. This dividend amount was represent a yeild of $1.58. Equifax's payout ratio is now 33.05%. (NYSE:EFX) recently. Joseph Michael Iii Loughran, Pres USIS let go of $584,080 worth of shares at an average price of $146.02 on Tue the 1st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $145.60. Following the sale, the insider now owns 43,648 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $6,359,513.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. About 16.71 million shares traded or 418.94% up from the average. Insiders own 1.29% of the company's stock. As of the end of the quarter Janus Capital Management LLC had acquired a total of 79,413 shares growing its holdings by 7.5%. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 15,644 shares of the company's stock valued at $1,850,000 after buying an additional 12,475 shares during the last quarter. Intl Fcstone Inc. purchased a new position in Equifax in the 2nd quarter valued at about $1,438,000. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,057 shares of the credit services provider's stock valued at $970,000 after buying an additional 96 shares in the last quarter. It also increased its holding in Verifone Sys Inc (NYSE:PAY) by 54,706 shares in the quarter, for a total of 508,591 shares, and has risen its stake in Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RGLS). Sun Life Financial INC now owns 884 shares of the credit services provider's stock valued at $121,000 after purchasing an additional 875 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax in the second quarter valued at $1,055,000. Also, the number of hedge funds holding Jackson Rivers Co in their top 10 stock positions was flat from 1 to 1 for the same number.
Equifax Inc is a provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers.
Shares of credit reporting agency Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have fallen more than 35% since the company announced a massive cyber-security breach that likely impacted all US adults, however the lack of transparency in the wake of the incident has done little to increase consumer or investor confidence in the company.
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