FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Monday. Stock traders bought 5,099 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 922% compared to the average daily volume of 499 put options.

In related news, CEO Frederick Philip Snow sold 7,334 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $181.24, for a total value of $1,329,214.16. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 11,262 shares in the company, valued at $2,041,124.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Matthew J. Mcnulty sold 1,049 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $181.00, for a total transaction of $189,869.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 2,499 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $452,319. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 17,841 shares of company stock valued at $3,224,739 over the last 90 days. Company insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. ETF Managers Group LLC bought a new position in shares of FactSet Research Systems during the second quarter valued at about $121,000. Mountain Capital Investment Advisors Inc bought a new position in shares of FactSet Research Systems during the second quarter valued at about $126,000. Turner Investments LLC bought a new position in shares of FactSet Research Systems during the third quarter valued at about $144,000. Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC bought a new position in shares of FactSet Research Systems during the third quarter valued at about $195,000. Finally, Visionary Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of FactSet Research Systems during the third quarter valued at about $205,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.46% of the company’s stock.

Shares of FactSet Research Systems (FDS) opened at $197.59 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 2.04 and a current ratio of 2.04. FactSet Research Systems has a 1 year low of $155.09 and a 1 year high of $197.76. The stock has a market cap of $7,678.81, a PE ratio of 26.86, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 0.96.

FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, September 26th. The business services provider reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.01. FactSet Research Systems had a net margin of 21.15% and a return on equity of 55.76%. The business had revenue of $326.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $325.26 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.69 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 13.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that FactSet Research Systems will post 8.18 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 30th will be given a dividend of $0.56 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $2.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.13%. FactSet Research Systems’s payout ratio is 34.36%.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on FDS. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $166.00 target price (up from $157.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Barclays PLC upped their target price on shares of FactSet Research Systems from $164.00 to $175.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $192.00 target price (up from $180.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $169.00 target price (up from $163.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of FactSet Research Systems from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $178.91.

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About FactSet Research Systems

Factset Research Systems Inc is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas.

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