Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. Buys 1,542 Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFXGet Rating) by 64.9% during the third quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 3,917 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,542 shares during the quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $672,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Householder Group Estate & Retirement Specialist LLC bought a new stake in Equifax during the third quarter worth $25,000. Trust Co. of Vermont acquired a new stake in Equifax in the 2nd quarter valued at about $27,000. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC bought a new position in Equifax during the second quarter worth about $29,000. Pacifica Partners Inc. increased its position in Equifax by 1,600.0% during the second quarter. Pacifica Partners Inc. now owns 170 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $31,000 after buying an additional 160 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bartlett & Co. LLC raised its stake in Equifax by 526.7% in the second quarter. Bartlett & Co. LLC now owns 188 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $34,000 after buying an additional 158 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.84% of the company’s stock.

Wall Street Analyst Weigh In

Several research analysts have recently commented on EFX shares. Atlantic Securities upgraded Equifax from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $230.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 15th. Wells Fargo & Company increased their price objective on shares of Equifax from $165.00 to $210.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, January 13th. StockNews.com downgraded shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 11th. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on shares of Equifax from $192.00 to $197.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 4th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC boosted their price objective on Equifax from $190.00 to $230.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 14th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat, the stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $206.13.

Equifax Stock Down 0.2 %

EFX stock opened at $222.14 on Tuesday. Equifax Inc. has a 52 week low of $145.98 and a 52 week high of $245.27. The business has a 50-day simple moving average of $201.23 and a 200 day simple moving average of $191.89. The company has a quick ratio of 0.64, a current ratio of 0.64 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28. The company has a market cap of $27.20 billion, a PE ratio of 38.57 and a beta of 1.42.

Equifax Announces Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 23rd were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.70%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 22nd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.08%.

Insider Buying and Selling

In other Equifax news, CEO Mark W. Begor sold 11,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.51, for a total transaction of $1,820,610.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 92,918 shares in the company, valued at $15,378,858.18. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. In other Equifax news, CEO Mark W. Begor sold 11,000 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $165.51, for a total value of $1,820,610.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 92,918 shares in the company, valued at $15,378,858.18. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $165.52, for a total value of $2,482,800.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 46,073 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,626,002.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 31,100 shares of company stock worth $5,146,968. Corporate insiders own 1.57% of the company’s stock.

Equifax Profile

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Equifax, Inc engages in the provision of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services. It operates through the following business segments: U.S. Information Solutions, Workforce Solutions and International. The U.S. Information Solutions segment includes consumer and commercial information services, mortgage loan origination information, financial marketing services, and identity management.

Further Reading

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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