Squarepoint Ops LLC decreased its position in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 83.7% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 4,278 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 21,947 shares during the quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $888,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of VRSK. Morgan Stanley grew its position in Verisk Analytics by 157.6% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,007,168 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $209,079,000 after acquiring an additional 616,223 shares in the last quarter. Ownership Capital B.V. boosted its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 28.3% during the 4th quarter. Ownership Capital B.V. now owns 1,749,261 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $159,585,000 after buying an additional 385,812 shares during the last quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 15.8% during the 4th quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 1,832,729 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $380,456,000 after buying an additional 249,817 shares during the last quarter. WCM Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 16.5% during the 4th quarter. WCM Investment Management LLC now owns 1,272,126 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $264,081,000 after buying an additional 179,729 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nuveen Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 20.9% during the 4th quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 914,511 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $189,843,000 after buying an additional 158,324 shares during the last quarter. 88.17% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of VRSK opened at $179.99 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $29.30 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 57.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a current ratio of 0.59. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a one year low of $142.46 and a one year high of $210.66. The stock’s fifty day moving average is $175.39 and its 200-day moving average is $188.60.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 22nd. The business services provider reported $1.27 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.30 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $713.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $717.04 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 19.12% and a return on equity of 36.42%. Verisk Analytics’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.13 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 4.9 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 31st. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.29 per share. This represents a $1.16 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.64%. This is a positive change from Verisk Analytics’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.27. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 12th. Verisk Analytics’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.48%.

In related news, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 499 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, March 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $175.00, for a total value of $87,325.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 16,497 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,886,975. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 486 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, March 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $180.00, for a total value of $87,480.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 18,498 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,329,640. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 4,790 shares of company stock worth $820,166. 2.55% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several research firms have recently commented on VRSK. Barclays increased their target price on Verisk Analytics from $220.00 to $250.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 17th. UBS Group upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $196.00 to $177.00 in a research note on Monday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $198.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, February 4th. Raymond James upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $190.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 15th. Finally, Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from $192.00 to $196.00 in a research note on Monday, March 15th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $195.67.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider, which engages in the provision of data analytics for customers in insurance, energy markets and financial services. It operates through the following segments: Insurance, Energy & Specialized Markets, and Financial Services. The Insurance segment serves insurance customers and focuses on the prediction of loss, the selection and pricing of risk, and compliance.

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