Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) reached a new 52-week high during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $136.97 and last traded at $136.16, with a volume of 343,971 shares. The stock had previously closed at $136.43.

EFX has been the subject of a number of research reports. William Blair initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, April 8th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price target on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $126.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 12th. Cowen and Company initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a report on Wednesday, March 30th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $126.00 price target for the company. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Thursday, June 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 6th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Equifax presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $124.13.

The stock has a market cap of $16.17 billion and a P/E ratio of 37.01. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $128.15 and its 200-day moving average price is $115.79.

In other Equifax news, Director Mark B. Templeton acquired 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 6th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $119.67 per share, for a total transaction of $239,340.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 29,359 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,513,391.53. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Richard F. Smith sold 190,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $122.63, for a total transaction of $23,299,700.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 394,796 shares in the company, valued at approximately $48,413,833.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd raised 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 valued at $3,785,000 after buying an additional 90 shares in the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc raised 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 valued at $1,281,000 after buying an additional 364 shares in the last quarter. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC raised its stake in Equifax by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC now owns 22,788 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,538,000 after buying an additional 426 shares in the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. raised 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 valued at $1,751,000 after buying an additional 683 shares in the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE raised its stake in Equifax by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 49,667 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,531,000 after buying an additional 1,401 shares in 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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