TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)‘s stock had its “hold” rating restated by investment analysts at Morgan Stanley in a note issued to investors on Thursday. They presently have a $75.00 target price on the business services provider’s stock, up from their previous target price of $71.00. Morgan Stanley’s target price suggests a potential downside of 2.14% from the company’s previous close.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Atlantic Securities downgraded TransUnion from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $77.00 to $82.00 in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barclays lifted their target price on TransUnion from $75.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, July 12th. Evercore ISI assumed coverage on TransUnion in a report on Tuesday, June 26th. They set a “buy” rating and a $80.00 target price for the company. Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a report on Friday, July 20th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lifted their target price on TransUnion from $74.00 to $81.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $75.07.

TRU opened at $76.64 on Thursday. TransUnion has a fifty-two week low of $41.07 and a fifty-two week high of $79.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.13, a current ratio of 1.59 and a quick ratio of 1.59. The firm has a market cap of $14.09 billion, a PE ratio of 37.94, a PEG ratio of 3.43 and a beta of 0.68.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 24th. The business services provider reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.55 by $0.07. TransUnion had a return on equity of 21.06% and a net margin of 21.00%. The company had revenue of $563.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $540.86 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.47 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 18.6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that TransUnion will post 2.23 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CAO Timothy Elberfeld sold 1,590 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.29, for a total value of $114,941.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 15,422 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,114,856.38. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP John T. Danaher sold 4,318 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $73.76, for a total value of $318,495.68. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 49,491 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,650,456.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 200,410 shares of company stock valued at $14,317,418. 2.10% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in TRU. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its position in TransUnion by 233.7% in the second quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 2,859,038 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $204,821,000 after acquiring an additional 2,002,196 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC grew its position in TransUnion by 14.3% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 9,409,480 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $674,095,000 after acquiring an additional 1,179,299 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its position in TransUnion by 15,840.6% in the first quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 1,029,919 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $58,479,000 after acquiring an additional 1,023,458 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in TransUnion by 11.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,286,157 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $470,489,000 after acquiring an additional 871,227 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its position in TransUnion by 350.7% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 943,510 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $53,573,000 after acquiring an additional 734,145 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.23% of the company’s stock.

About TransUnion

TransUnion provides risk and information solutions. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International, and Consumer Interactive. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, and analytical and decisioning services for businesses. These businesses use its services to acquire new customers; assess consumer ability to pay for services; identify cross-selling opportunities; measure and manage debt portfolio risk; collect debt; verify consumer identities; and investigate potential fraud.

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