Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky Has $2.45 Million Stock Holdings in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK)

Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky lessened its holdings in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSKGet Rating) by 4.2% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 11,405 shares of the business services provider’s stock after selling 496 shares during the period. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $2,448,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in VRSK. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC grew its stake in Verisk Analytics by 59.9% during the fourth quarter. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC now owns 3,533 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $808,000 after buying an additional 1,324 shares during the last quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in Verisk Analytics during the fourth quarter worth about $513,000. Siemens Fonds Invest GmbH grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 6.2% during the fourth quarter. Siemens Fonds Invest GmbH now owns 8,145 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,858,000 after purchasing an additional 475 shares during the last quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.2% during the fourth quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC now owns 432,778 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $98,991,000 after purchasing an additional 9,117 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. grew its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 46.4% during the fourth quarter. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. now owns 33,527 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $7,668,000 after purchasing an additional 10,625 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.19% of the company’s stock.

Verisk Analytics Trading Down 1.0 %

VRSK opened at $182.33 on Wednesday. The firm’s fifty day moving average is $190.18 and its two-hundred day moving average is $189.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a current ratio of 0.56. The firm has a market cap of $28.62 billion, a PE ratio of 28.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 0.84. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a twelve month low of $156.05 and a twelve month high of $231.57.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSKGet Rating) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, August 2nd. The business services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.41 by $0.12. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 34.37% and a return on equity of 35.21%. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.17 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 5.78 EPS for the current year.

Verisk Analytics Dividend Announcement

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.31 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 14th. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.68%. Verisk Analytics’s payout ratio is 19.14%.

Insider Buying and Selling

In related news, EVP Kathy Card Beckles sold 429 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $200.09, for a total transaction of $85,838.61. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 6,102 shares in the company, valued at $1,220,949.18. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. In related news, EVP Kathy Card Beckles sold 429 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $200.09, for a total transaction of $85,838.61. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 6,102 shares in the company, valued at $1,220,949.18. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Therese M. Vaughan sold 932 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $192.30, for a total transaction of $179,223.60. Following the sale, the director now owns 13,021 shares in the company, valued at $2,503,938.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,648 shares of company stock worth $933,186 over the last ninety days. Company insiders own 1.78% of the company’s stock.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

Several research firms have recently commented on VRSK. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on shares of Verisk Analytics from $186.00 to $200.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. StockNews.com cut shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 11th. Royal Bank of Canada reduced their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $227.00 to $210.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Raymond James reduced their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $220.00 to $215.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, August 4th. Finally, Barclays reduced their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics from $220.00 to $200.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, Verisk Analytics currently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $216.18.

Verisk Analytics Profile

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Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions in the United States and internationally. The company provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, commercial banking and finance, and various other fields.

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