Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE:DNB) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock traders purchased 1,381 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,766% compared to the typical volume of 74 call options.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DNB. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its stake in Dun & Bradstreet by 0.6% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 831,536 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $118,502,000 after buying an additional 4,744 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group boosted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 32.0% in the 2nd quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 589,873 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $73,451,000 after purchasing an additional 142,975 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 695.4% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 561,179 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $79,974,000 after purchasing an additional 490,622 shares during the last quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA raised its holdings in Dun & Bradstreet by 2,907.8% during the 3rd quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 522,432 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $74,451,000 after buying an additional 505,063 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 27.7% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 396,121 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $48,585,000 after buying an additional 85,836 shares in the last quarter. 84.17% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dun & Bradstreet from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, September 24th. TheStreet upgraded Dun & Bradstreet from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, November 19th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $133.40.

Dun & Bradstreet stock opened at $144.46 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $5.34 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.63, a PEG ratio of 2.73 and a beta of 0.92. Dun & Bradstreet has a one year low of $105.42 and a one year high of $145.00.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 1st. The business services provider reported $1.85 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.98 by ($0.13). The firm had revenue of $416.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $432.51 million. Dun & Bradstreet had a negative return on equity of 36.68% and a net margin of 13.02%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.79 earnings per share. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Dun & Bradstreet will post 8.46 EPS for the current year.

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Dun & Bradstreet Company Profile

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation provides commercial data, analytics, and insight on businesses. The company operates through two segments, Americas and Non-Americas. It offers risk management solutions comprising trade credit solutions, such as The D&B Credit Suite, which includes D&B Credit and DNBi, subscription-based online applications that offer customers real time access to information, comprehensive monitoring, and portfolio analysis; various business information reports; and D&B Credibility solutions primarily for small businesses; Supplier Risk Manager, an online application that helps businesses mitigate supply chain risk; Compliance product suite that includes D&B Onboard and D&B Compliance Check, which helps customers comply with anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption regulations through onboarding, screening, and monitoring of customers and third parties; and D&B Direct, an API that enables data integration inside enterprise applications, such as ERP, and enables master data management and toolkit.

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