MetLife Investment Advisors LLC decreased its position in shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 2.9% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 46,681 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 1,407 shares during the quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $4,855,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 0.6% during the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 322,425 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $30,953,000 after acquiring an additional 2,050 shares in the last quarter. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 4.2% during the fourth quarter. New Mexico Educational Retirement Board now owns 14,900 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,430,000 after acquiring an additional 600 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 8.4% during the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 507,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $48,767,000 after acquiring an additional 39,491 shares in the last quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 11.1% during the fourth quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 78,682 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $7,553,000 after acquiring an additional 7,877 shares in the last quarter. Finally, D.A. Davidson & CO. raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 7.5% during the fourth quarter. D.A. Davidson & CO. now owns 14,323 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,375,000 after acquiring an additional 1,001 shares in the last quarter. 91.22% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

VRSK has been the subject of several research analyst reports. ValuEngine raised Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $112.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $112.00 price objective on Verisk Analytics and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. SunTrust Banks upped their price objective on Verisk Analytics to $105.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $107.00 price objective on Verisk Analytics and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $104.36.

In other Verisk Analytics news, Director David B. Wright sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $109.48, for a total transaction of $547,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 8,951 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $979,955.48. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 35,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.06, for a total value of $3,817,100.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 69,037 shares in the company, valued at $7,529,175.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have acquired 1,058 shares of company stock valued at $113,251 and have sold 278,732 shares valued at $29,699,548. Corporate insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ:VRSK traded down $0.57 on Monday, reaching $109.33. 3,915 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 714,220. The company has a market capitalization of $18.16 billion, a PE ratio of 34.24, a P/E/G ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.68. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a quick ratio of 0.45 and a current ratio of 0.45. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 1-year low of $78.97 and a 1-year high of $110.32.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The business services provider reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.94. The business had revenue of $581.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $565.41 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 26.05% and a return on equity of 31.75%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.74 EPS. research analysts predict that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 4.1 EPS for the current year.

Verisk Analytics Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions for customers in the insurance, energy, and financial markets in the United States and internationally. Its Decision Analytics segment develops predictive models to forecast scenarios, and produce standard and customized analytics for predicting loss, selecting and pricing risk, detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses.

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

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