TransUnion (TRU) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

Media headlines about TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Alpha One. Alpha One, a division of Accern, rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. TransUnion earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of TransUnion (TRU) traded up 0.37% on Wednesday, hitting $42.96. 98,577 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $7.84 billion, a PE ratio of 47.05 and a beta of 0.38. TransUnion has a 12 month low of $28.92 and a 12 month high of $44.13. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $41.29 and a 200 day moving average price of $36.04.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The business services provider reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $445 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $444.53 million. TransUnion had a net margin of 14.18% and a return on equity of 18.30%. The company’s revenue was up 9.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.32 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that TransUnion will post $1.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

TRU has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price objective (up from $45.00) on shares of TransUnion in a report on Saturday, April 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, April 27th. Barclays PLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of TransUnion in a report on Thursday, April 27th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of TransUnion in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on shares of TransUnion from $39.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $43.63.

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In other news, EVP John W. Blenke sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.82, for a total value of $418,200.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 114,717 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,797,464.94. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, major shareholder International Corp/Ma Advent sold 11,027,445 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.15, for a total transaction of $431,724,471.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 12,346,649 shares of company stock worth $480,778,767 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.

About TransUnion

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive.

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