Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) was down 1.7% during mid-day trading on Monday . The stock 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.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on ADS shares. Vetr downgraded Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $248.36 price objective on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, May 31st. Jefferies Group lifted their price objective on Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $240.00 to $265.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $258.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 26th. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 18th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG restated 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 analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $277.83.

The firm has a market capitalization of $12.09 billion and a P/E ratio of 25.72. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $214.99 and a 200 day moving average price of $209.38.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $3.68 earnings per share 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 the consensus estimate of $1.64 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $3.32 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corp. will post $16.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Alliance Data Systems Corp. news, Director Bruce K. Anderson sold 354 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $221.70, for a total value of $78,481.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 854,073 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $189,347,984.10. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. 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 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 approximately $1,975,000. 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 valued at $7,194,000 after buying an additional 541 shares during the period. 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 valued at $7,237,000 after buying an additional 26,016 shares during the period. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted 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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