Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) traded 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.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $246.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a research report on Thursday. Credit Suisse Group AG cut shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $233.00 to $290.00 in a research report on Wednesday, August 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $258.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Jefferies Group upped their price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from $240.00 to $265.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 21st. 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 company. Alliance Data Systems Corp. has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $273.21.

The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $215.31 and a 200 day moving average price of $210.20. The stock has a market cap of $12.48 billion and a PE ratio of 26.55.

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 the consensus estimate of $3.59 by $0.09. The firm earned $1.75 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.64 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $3.32 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 16.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Corp. will post $16.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. stock. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) by 37.3% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor 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 at the end of the most recent 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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