Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) shares shot up 4.7% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $217.20 and last traded at $210.42, with a volume of 778,550 shares. The stock had previously closed at $200.96.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on ADS. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $227.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a research note on Tuesday, June 7th. Vetr lowered shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $248.36 price target on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, May 31st. Piper Jaffray Cos. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $285.00 price target (up from $276.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a research note on Monday, April 11th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Sunday, April 17th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Monday, March 28th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, eighteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $279.32.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $207.48 and a 200 day moving average of $216.14. The company has a market capitalization of $12.40 billion and a PE ratio of 23.71.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported $3.84 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.83 by $0.01. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $3.65 EPS. The company had revenue of $1.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.70 billion. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corp. will post $16.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Alliance Data Systems Corp. news, Director Bruce K. Anderson sold 354 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $221.70, for a total transaction of $78,481.80. Following the transaction, the director now owns 854,073 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $189,347,984.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

Other institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI boosted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 128.1% in the fourth quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI now owns 3,925 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,086,000 after buying an additional 2,204 shares in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 112,689 shares of the company’s stock valued at $31,167,000 after buying an additional 429 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,035,260 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,392,601,000 after buying an additional 125,082 shares in the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 27,743 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,673,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GAM Holding AG boosted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 6,992 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,934,000 after buying an additional 151 shares in the last quarter.

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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