Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) saw unusually-high trading volume on Wednesday . Approximately 710,623 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 6% from the previous session’s volume of 673,257 shares.The stock last traded at $201.30 and had previously closed at $211.85.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on ADS. Pacific Crest decreased their price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $300.00 to $250.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Vetr raised shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $248.36 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, June 13th. Susquehanna began coverage on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $228.00 price objective for the company. Barclays PLC decreased their price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $280.00 to $240.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, July 7th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “hold” rating and set a $227.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, June 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $277.83.

The firm has a market capitalization of $11.92 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.36. The company’s 50-day moving average is $215.46 and its 200-day moving average is $209.34.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $3.68 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $3.59 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $1.75 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.64 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $3.32 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 16.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast 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 Alliance Data Systems Corp. stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $221.70, for a total transaction of $78,481.80. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 854,073 shares in the company, valued at approximately $189,347,984.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of ADS. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised 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 valued at $1,047,000 after buying an additional 893 shares during the period. Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. during the fourth quarter valued at $1,975,000. American International Group Inc. raised 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 valued at $7,194,000 after buying an additional 541 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group raised 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 valued at $7,237,000 after buying an additional 26,016 shares during the period. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 37.3% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 26,367 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,293,000 after buying an additional 7,170 shares during the period.

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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