Shares of Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $85.00 and last traded at $84.65, with a volume of 190,012 shares. The stock had previously closed at $84.48.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on VRSK shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Sterne Agee CRT reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Saturday, April 9th. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, May 7th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $84.20.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $80.16 and a 200 day moving average price of $76.33. The company has a market cap of $14.40 billion and a PE ratio of 29.23.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.75 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.01. The company earned $492.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $560.02 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 28.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.67 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics Inc. will post $3.10 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 10,050 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.08, for a total value of $774,654.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 18,275 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,408,637. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Constantine Iordanou sold 1,942 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.98, for a total value of $151,437.16. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 166,299 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,967,996.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 27.6% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,998,821 shares of the company’s stock valued at $999,348,000 after buying an additional 2,813,643 shares in the last quarter. Eaton Vance Management increased its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2,379.2% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 1,162,710 shares of the company’s stock valued at $89,389,000 after buying an additional 1,115,812 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 36.5% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 2,548,389 shares of the company’s stock valued at $195,921,000 after buying an additional 681,203 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 24.6% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 3,272,834 shares of the company’s stock valued at $251,616,000 after buying an additional 647,163 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK acquired a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the fourth quarter valued at $16,856,000.

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources, healthcare, financial services, government and risk management. The Company provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence and economic forecasting, among others.

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