Lodestar Investment Counsel LLC IL continued to hold its stake in Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 2,107 shares of the business services provider’s stock at the end of the first quarter. Lodestar Investment Counsel LLC IL’s holdings in Alliance Data Systems were worth $525,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Quadrant Capital Group LLC raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 0.8% in the first quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 482 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 4 shares during the period. Conning Inc. raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 0.7% in the third quarter. Conning Inc. now owns 1,401 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $301,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the period. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 0.4% in the third quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 4,670 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $997,000 after buying an additional 20 shares during the period. Redmond Asset Management LLC raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Redmond Asset Management LLC now owns 5,587 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,277,000 after buying an additional 33 shares during the period. Finally, Norinchukin Bank The raised its stake in Alliance Data Systems by 1.3% in the third quarter. Norinchukin Bank The now owns 3,132 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $672,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.75% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS)

Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) traded down 0.21% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $238.00. 497,338 shares of the stock traded hands. Alliance Data Systems Co. has a 12-month low of $185.02 and a 12-month high of $254.94. The firm has a market cap of $13.31 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.43 and a beta of 1.65. The company’s 50-day moving average is $245.28 and its 200 day moving average is $228.67.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, January 26th. The business services provider reported $4.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.66 by $0.01. Alliance Data Systems had a net margin of 7.23% and a return on equity of 54.59%. The business earned $1.83 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.94 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $4.13 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Co. will post $18.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and issued a $278.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Friday, March 24th. CIBC restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Tuesday, April 11th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Monday. Raymond James Financial, Inc. lowered shares of Alliance Data Systems from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 26th. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. assumed coverage on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a report on Tuesday, April 11th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $185.00 target price for the company. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, eight have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Alliance Data Systems currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $234.29.

In other news, SVP Laura Santillan sold 2,784 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $246.43, for a total transaction of $686,061.12. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Valueact Capital Master Fund, bought 210,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 24th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $228.35 per share, with a total value of $47,976,335.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have bought 477,600 shares of company stock valued at $108,498,272 and have sold 6,882 shares valued at $1,685,575. 2.50% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

About Alliance Data Systems

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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