Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) gapped up before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $132.30, but opened at $132.39. Equifax shares last traded at $133.08, with a volume of 236,742 shares traded.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Barclays PLC restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Saturday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 6th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $138.56.

The stock has a market capitalization of $15.83 billion and a P/E ratio of 34.55. The company’s 50-day moving average is $131.29 and its 200 day moving average is $118.29.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.15 EPS. The company had revenue of $811.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $802.85 million. Equifax’s revenue was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Equifax Inc. will post $5.38 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 19th will be paid a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.99%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 17th.

In other Equifax news, insider Paulino R. Barros sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $124.00, for a total transaction of $868,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 25,406 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,150,344. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total transaction of $592,548.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 57,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,745,736. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Spectrum Advisory Services Inc. boosted its position in Equifax by 0.5% in the fourth quarter. Spectrum Advisory Services Inc. now owns 21,099 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,350,000 after buying an additional 106 shares in the last quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its position 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 boosted its position 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. boosted its position 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 boosted its position 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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