Traders bought shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $271.31 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $51.20 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $220.11 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Alliance Data Systems Corporation had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Alliance Data Systems Corporation traded down ($2.87) for the day and closed at $216.00

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. ValuEngine downgraded Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $191.00 target price on Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a report on Friday, August 25th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $255.47.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $226.90 and its 200-day moving average price is $243.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.98 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.63 and a beta of 1.76.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.47 by $0.37. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a return on equity of 59.67% and a net margin of 6.77%. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.85 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $3.68 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 14th will be issued a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 10th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.96%. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.69%.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its board has approved a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of ADS. Green Square Capital LLC raised its holdings in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.3% during the second quarter. Green Square Capital LLC now owns 3,054 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $784,000 after purchasing an additional 8 shares during the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. raised its holdings in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.5% during the first quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 2,203 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $547,000 after purchasing an additional 12 shares during the last quarter. Fernwood Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 0.3% during the first quarter. Fernwood Investment Management LLC now owns 4,580 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,140,000 after purchasing an additional 15 shares during the last quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI raised its holdings in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 2.2% during the second quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 909 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $233,000 after purchasing an additional 20 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. raised its holdings in Alliance Data Systems Corporation by 5.6% during the second quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 488 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $125,000 after purchasing an additional 26 shares during the last quarter. 96.09% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation Company Profile

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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