Whittier Trust Co. continued to hold its position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 1,000 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Whittier Trust Co.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $128,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. LMR Partners LLP boosted its position in Equifax by 17.2% in the second quarter. LMR Partners LLP now owns 9,683 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,243,000 after buying an additional 1,419 shares in the last quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD boosted its position in Equifax by 23.6% in the second quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD now owns 1,032,294 shares of the company’s stock worth $132,532,000 after buying an additional 196,930 shares in the last quarter. ING Groep NV boosted its position in Equifax by 56.4% in the second quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 4,248 shares of the company’s stock worth $545,000 after buying an additional 1,532 shares in the last quarter. Capital Fund Management S.A. acquired a new position in Equifax during the second quarter worth about $995,000. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. acquired a new position in Equifax during the second quarter worth about $90,891,000. 88.62% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded down 0.63% during trading on Monday, hitting $129.53. The stock had a trading volume of 370,951 shares. Equifax Inc. has a 52 week low of $91.72 and a 52 week high of $136.97. The company has a market cap of $15.46 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.72 and a beta of 0.87. The company has a 50-day moving average of $132.32 and a 200 day moving average of $127.18.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.51% and a net margin of 16.11%. The business earned $811.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $802.85 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.15 EPS. Equifax’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Equifax Inc. will post ($0.47) EPS for the current year.
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, September 27th. Barclays PLC lifted their price objective on Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 21st. Jefferies Group lifted their price objective on Equifax from $128.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price objective on Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $140.11.
In related news, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total transaction of $592,548.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 57,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,745,736. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total value of $408,797.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 46,936 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,189,450.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.
Equifax Company Profile
Equifax Inc is a provider of 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 Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.