Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS)’s share price was up 0.8% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $203.75 and last traded at $202.39, with a volume of 307,213 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $200.70.

A number of research firms have weighed in on ADS. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 18th. William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. Jefferies Group lifted their price objective on Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $240.00 to $265.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 25th. BMO Capital Markets downgraded Alliance Data Systems Corp. from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $235.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Friday, July 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Vetr raised Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $248.36 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, June 13th. One research 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 stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $275.35.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $215.52 and its 200-day moving average price is $210.24. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.97 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.47.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 21st. The company reported $3.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.59 by $0.09. The firm earned $1.75 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.64 billion. The business’s revenue was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $3.32 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corp. will post $16.85 earnings per share for the current year.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems Corp. stock. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its position in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) by 37.3% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 26,367 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 7,170 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department’s holdings in Alliance Data Systems Corp. were worth $7,293,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

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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