FIL Ltd boosted its stake in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 69.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 345,443 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 141,459 shares during the period. FIL Ltd owned 0.21% of Verisk Analytics worth $29,145,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of VRSK. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 45.8% in the second quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC now owns 1,330 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 418 shares during the period. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 40.3% in the second quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 1,324 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 380 shares during the period. Huntington National Bank lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 29.6% in the second quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 1,548 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 354 shares during the period. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 5.4% in the second quarter. Paradigm Asset Management Co. LLC now owns 1,950 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $165,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Finally, Ledyard National Bank lifted its holdings in Verisk Analytics by 12.9% in the second quarter. Ledyard National Bank now owns 2,355 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $199,000 after buying an additional 270 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.27% of the company’s stock.

In other news, Director David B. Wright sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.82, for a total transaction of $808,200.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 13,951 shares in the company, valued at $1,127,519.82. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 1,304 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.46, for a total transaction of $107,527.84. Following the transaction, the director now owns 9,989 shares in the company, valued at $823,692.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 14,304 shares of company stock worth $1,163,228. Insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) opened at 82.31 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $81.49 and its 200 day moving average is $81.67. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 12-month low of $75.60 and a 12-month high of $88.17. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.92 and a beta of 0.68.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The business services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 22.99% and a return on equity of 38.43%. The firm had revenue of $523.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $519.67 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.73 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post $3.14 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 15th. Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $82.00 price objective (down from $83.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $90.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Verisk Analytics currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $85.38.

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Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK)

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