Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS)’s share price was down 1.7% during trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $212.05 and last traded at $215.21, with a volume of 482,474 shares. The stock had previously closed at $219.03.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on ADS shares. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a research note on Sunday, April 17th. Credit Suisse Group AG upped 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. Pacific Crest dropped their target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $300.00 to $250.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Susquehanna started coverage on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $228.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Vetr cut shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $248.36 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $274.97.

The company has a market cap of $12.59 billion and a PE ratio of 26.77. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $214.27 and its 200 day moving average price is $209.29.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $3.68 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.59 by $0.09. The company earned $1.75 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.64 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $3.32 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corp. will post $16.85 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 shares were sold at an average price of $221.70, for a total value of $78,481.80. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 854,073 shares in the company, valued at $189,347,984.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in ADS. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in 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 last quarter. Marshall Wace LLP bought a new position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. during the fourth quarter worth $1,975,000. Andra AP fonden boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 21.4% in the fourth quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 10,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,821,000 after buying an additional 1,800 shares during the last quarter. American International Group Inc. boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 26,011 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,194,000 after buying an additional 541 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 17,460.4% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 26,165 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,237,000 after buying an additional 26,016 shares during the last quarter.

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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