Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,090 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $123.48, for a total transaction of $381,553.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

Shares of VRSK opened at $122.50 on Tuesday. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $90.60 and a fifty-two week high of $124.50. The company has a market capitalization of $20.38 billion, a PE ratio of 38.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 0.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.49 and a quick ratio of 0.49.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 30th. The business services provider reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.07 by $0.01. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 27.94% and a return on equity of 31.53%. The firm had revenue of $598.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $596.79 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.84 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 9.0% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts expect that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 4.15 EPS for the current year.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. TRUE Private Wealth Advisors purchased a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the third quarter valued at approximately $110,000. Financial Architects Inc purchased a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the third quarter valued at approximately $113,000. Fort L.P. purchased a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the second quarter valued at approximately $121,000. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd purchased a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the third quarter valued at approximately $139,000. Finally, NuWave Investment Management LLC lifted its position in Verisk Analytics by 458.2% during the third quarter. NuWave Investment Management LLC now owns 1,189 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $143,000 after acquiring an additional 976 shares during the last quarter. 94.09% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

VRSK has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 16th. BidaskClub raised shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 5th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods cut shares of Verisk Analytics from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $90.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $119.00 price target (up previously from $113.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Finally, Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $125.00 price target for the company. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Verisk Analytics currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $112.17.

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About Verisk Analytics

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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