Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) shares shot up 4.7% on Monday . The stock 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.

Several research firms have weighed in on ADS. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Sunday, April 17th. Vetr downgraded shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $248.36 target price for the company. in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. Credit Suisse Group AG increased their target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $225.00 to $227.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Monday, March 28th. Finally, William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, eighteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $279.32.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $207.83 and its 200 day moving average price is $214.74. The company has a market cap of $12.50 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.900.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported $3.84 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.83 by $0.01. During the same period last year, the firm posted $3.65 EPS. The business earned $1.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.70 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s quarterly revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate 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 business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $221.70, for a total value of $78,481.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 854,073 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $189,347,984.10. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Other institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 30.9% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 3,784 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,047,000 after buying an additional 893 shares during the period. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI raised 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 worth $1,086,000 after buying an additional 2,204 shares during the period. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 3,994 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,105,000 after buying an additional 47 shares during the period. Sawtooth Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 6,588.4% in the fourth quarter. Sawtooth Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,615 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,276,000 after buying an additional 4,546 shares during the period. Finally, Aviance Capital Partners LLC raised its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 24.2% in the fourth quarter. Aviance Capital Partners LLC now owns 5,991 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,657,000 after buying an additional 1,168 shares during the period.

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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