Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) assumed coverage on shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) (NYSE:DNB) in a research note released on Wednesday morning, MarketBeat.com reports. The firm issued a neutral rating and a $125.00 price objective on the business services provider’s stock.

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $125.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, September 4th. Robert W. Baird cut their target price on Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) from $130.00 to $127.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $120.75.

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (DNB) traded down $0.35 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $114.62. The stock had a trading volume of 114,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 245,272. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation has a fifty-two week low of $100.46 and a fifty-two week high of $125.57. The company has a current ratio of 0.92, a quick ratio of 0.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.93. The stock has a market cap of $4,236.35, a PE ratio of 16.08, a PEG ratio of 1.78 and a beta of 1.26.

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) (NYSE:DNB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The business services provider reported $1.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.58 by $0.21. The company had revenue of $428.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $428.81 million. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) had a negative return on equity of 28.31% and a net margin of 11.12%. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The)’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.79 EPS. analysts expect that Dun & Bradstreet Corporation will post 7.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 22nd will be paid a $0.5025 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 21st. This represents a $2.01 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The)’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 38.73%.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Eaton Vance Management purchased a new position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $30,494,000. Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 23.5% in the second quarter. Crawford Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 15,770 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,706,000 after buying an additional 3,000 shares in the last quarter. Comerica Bank boosted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 118.5% in the second quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 36,332 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $4,055,000 after buying an additional 19,707 shares in the last quarter. Shapiro Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) in the second quarter valued at approximately $98,786,000. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group raised its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) by 28.1% during the second quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 855,664 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $92,087,000 after purchasing an additional 187,500 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 89.68% of the company’s stock.

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (The) Company Profile

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States and Canada, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, Greater China, India, and its European and Asia Pacific Worldwide Networks.

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