Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the fourteen research firms that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $115.18.

A number of analysts have recently commented on VRSK shares. SunTrust Banks boosted their price objective on Verisk Analytics to $120.00 in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $135.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Thursday, December 6th. Morgan Stanley set a $119.00 price objective on Verisk Analytics and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Saturday, November 17th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $125.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, December 7th.

Shares of VRSK stock opened at $122.09 on Friday. Verisk Analytics has a 1 year low of $92.62 and a 1 year high of $125.99. The company has a quick ratio of 0.49, a current ratio of 0.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96. The firm has a market cap of $20.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 0.74.

In other news, insider Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 3,090 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.09, for a total transaction of $352,538.10. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 37,127 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,235,819.43. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, COO Mark V. Anquillare sold 53,125 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $115.27, for a total value of $6,123,718.75. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 114,644 shares in the company, valued at $13,215,013.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 121,978 shares of company stock worth $14,260,923 in the last three months. Company insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Aperio Group LLC raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 5.2% during the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 55,502 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,691,000 after purchasing an additional 2,723 shares during the period. Nikko Asset Management Americas Inc. raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 48.3% during the third quarter. Nikko Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 392,648 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $47,569,000 after buying an additional 127,813 shares during the period. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 87.6% during the fourth quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 452 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $49,000 after buying an additional 211 shares during the period. EULAV Asset Management acquired a new position in Verisk Analytics during the third quarter valued at $627,000. Finally, MetLife Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in Verisk Analytics by 4.8% during the third quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 47,908 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,775,000 after buying an additional 2,179 shares during the period. 95.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Verisk Analytics Company 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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