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.

Several research firms have issued reports on EFX. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Royal Bank Of Canada raised their target price on shares of Equifax from $125.00 to $126.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Finally, Jefferies Group raised their target price on shares of Equifax from $128.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $138.56.

The firm has a market cap of $15.80 billion and a PE ratio of 34.46. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $131.45 and its 200 day moving average price is $118.49.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 19th will be issued a $0.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.00%.

In other news, insider Paulino R. Barros sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $124.00, for a total value of $868,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 25,406 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,150,344. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Paulino R. Barros sold 5,050 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.55, for a total value of $634,027.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 20,356 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,555,695.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of Equifax by 3.6% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 498,377 shares of the company’s stock worth $55,503,000 after buying an additional 17,263 shares in the last quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its position in shares of Equifax by 3.8% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 185,208 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,627,000 after buying an additional 6,712 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Equifax by 69.1% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 135,269 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,066,000 after buying an additional 55,269 shares in the last quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas increased its position in shares of Equifax by 41.6% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 72,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,041,000 after buying an additional 21,200 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Eaton Vance Management increased its position in shares of Equifax by 12.1% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 57,425 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,395,000 after buying an additional 6,180 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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