Burney Co. lessened its holdings in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 0.7% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 15,890 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 120 shares during the quarter. Burney Co.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $1,883,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the first quarter worth about $41,000. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth about $34,000. Parallel Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Equifax by 139.0% during the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 380 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $45,000 after purchasing an additional 221 shares during the last quarter. Exane Asset Management purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth about $41,000. Finally, Trustcore Financial Services LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the first quarter worth about $54,000. 94.48% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NYSE EFX opened at $128.65 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a current ratio of 0.57. Equifax Inc. has a 52-week low of $88.68 and a 52-week high of $138.69. The stock has a market cap of $15.73 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.22, a P/E/G ratio of 2.70 and a beta of 1.20.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, May 10th. The credit services provider reported $1.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.19 by $0.01. Equifax had a positive return on equity of 21.95% and a negative net margin of 10.23%. The firm had revenue of $846.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $850.07 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.43 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 14th. Investors of record on Friday, May 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.21%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is currently 26.94%.

EFX has been the topic of several research reports. Morgan Stanley set a $103.00 price objective on Equifax and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, February 22nd. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, February 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BNP Paribas initiated coverage on Equifax in a report on Friday, March 15th. They set an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised their price objective on Equifax from $125.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $121.27.

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Equifax Profile

Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.

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