Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) reached a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $133.63 and last traded at $132.91, with a volume of 222,774 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $132.45.

Several analysts have weighed in on EFX shares. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. Barclays PLC reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. Morgan Stanley reissued a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, April 29th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $126.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, June 16th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $122.33.

The stock has a market cap of $15.84 billion and a PE ratio of 36.26. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $125.48 and a 200 day moving average price of $114.10.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $1.23 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.15 by $0.08. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.07 EPS. The firm earned $728.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $699.06 million. The firm’s revenue was up 11.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Equifax Inc. will post $5.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 25th were issued a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.00%.

In other Equifax news, CEO Richard F. Smith sold 190,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $122.63, for a total transaction of $23,299,700.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 394,796 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $48,413,833.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Coretha M. Rushing sold 11,344 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.61, for a total transaction of $1,356,855.84. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 16,389 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,960,288.29. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds recently added to or reduced their stakes in EFX. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd boosted its stake in Equifax by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 33,985 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,785,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its stake in Equifax by 3.3% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 11,504 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,281,000 after buying an additional 364 shares during the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its stake in Equifax by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 15,719 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,751,000 after buying an additional 683 shares during the last quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Equifax by 4.8% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 29,254 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,258,000 after buying an additional 1,347 shares during the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE boosted its stake in Equifax by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 49,667 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,531,000 after buying an additional 1,401 shares during the last quarter.

Equifax Inc is a provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.

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