Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) had its price objective reduced by equities research analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co from $167.00 to $135.00 in a research report issued on Thursday. The brokerage presently has an “overweight” rating on the credit services provider’s stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 36.38% from the company’s previous close.

EFX has been the topic of several other reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $141.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday. Morgan Stanley decreased their target price on shares of Equifax from $144.00 to $140.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 target price (up from $140.00) on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $149.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Evercore ISI reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $174.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Saturday, September 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $147.38.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) traded down 2.7852% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $96.2329. 23,943,195 shares of the company traded hands. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $140.52 and its 200 day moving average price is $137.87. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $147.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.3840 and a beta of 0.93.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $856.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $860.48 million. Equifax had a net margin of 17.44% and a return on equity of 24.88%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.43 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Equifax will post $6.07 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Equifax news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 6,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.60, for a total value of $946,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 42,078 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,126,556.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Joseph Michael Loughran III sold 4,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.02, for a total transaction of $584,080.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 42,723 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,238,412.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 12,219 shares of company stock valued at $1,780,938. Insiders own 1.29% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Swiss National Bank raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 3.2% during the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 437,845 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $60,169,000 after buying an additional 13,500 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 166.0% during the second quarter. Airain ltd now owns 12,161 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,671,000 after buying an additional 7,590 shares during the last quarter. William Blair Investment Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 99.4% during the first quarter. William Blair Investment Management LLC now owns 1,305,063 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $178,454,000 after buying an additional 650,550 shares during the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 3.4% during the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 523,024 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $71,519,000 after buying an additional 17,202 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 4.3% during the first quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 575,961 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $78,757,000 after buying an additional 23,905 shares during the last quarter. 90.02% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Equifax

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

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