Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) CFO Charles L. Horn sold 1,290 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $234.53, for a total value of $302,543.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) opened at 228.71 on Wednesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $210.55 and a 200-day moving average price of $211.57. Alliance Data Systems Corp. has a 1-year low of $176.63 and a 1-year high of $290.30. The firm has a market cap of $13.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.17 and a beta of 1.63.

Alliance Data Systems Corp. (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 20th. The company reported $4.74 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.44 by $0.30. The business had revenue of $1.89 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.78 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corp. had a return on equity of 50.86% and a net margin of 9.59%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $3.95 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Alliance Data Systems Corp. will post $16.91 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 16th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 3rd will be paid a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 1st. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.91%. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s payout ratio is presently 22.01%.

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Several analysts have weighed in on ADS shares. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $246.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Thursday, September 1st. JMP Securities reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Tuesday, October 4th. Guggenheim began coverage on Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a report on Thursday, November 17th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $238.00 target price on the stock. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corp. in a research report on Friday, October 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alliance Data Systems Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Alliance Data Systems Corp. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $257.68.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. ValueAct Holdings L.P. raised its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 507.6% in the second quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 3,287,910 shares of the company’s stock worth $644,167,000 after buying an additional 2,746,795 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. by 38.9% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,592,230 shares of the company’s stock worth $507,870,000 after buying an additional 726,044 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $130,349,000. Sustainable Growth Advisers LP acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. during the third quarter worth approximately $109,860,000. Finally, Cooke & Bieler LP acquired a new position in Alliance Data Systems Corp. during the second quarter worth approximately $75,659,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.38% of the company’s stock.

About Alliance Data Systems Corp.

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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