Media coverage about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Alpha One. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 81 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news stories that may have effected AlphaOne’s scoring:
- Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.78 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- Verisk Analytics, Inc., to Announce Fiscal First-Quarter 2017 Results on May 2, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Verisk (VRSK) Expands Service Portfolio to Boost Revenues (finance.yahoo.com)
- ISO Launches Market Landscape (finance.yahoo.com)
- 3E Company Introduces Toxics Release Inventory and National Pollutant Release Inventory Regulatory Reporting Services (finance.yahoo.com)
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) traded up 0.14% on Thursday, reaching $79.35. 192,497 shares of the company traded hands. Verisk Analytics has a 12 month low of $75.72 and a 12 month high of $87.40. The company has a market capitalization of $13.20 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.96 and a beta of 0.69. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $80.90 and a 200-day moving average price of $81.87.
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 21st. The company reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.03. The company earned $506.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $505.10 million. Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 29.06% and a return on equity of 38.26%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.80 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Verisk Analytics will post $3.30 EPS for the current year.
A number of brokerages have recently commented on VRSK. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their target price on shares of Verisk Analytics from $87.00 to $85.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 20th. Citigroup Inc cut shares of Verisk Analytics to a “neutral” rating and set a $89.00 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Royal Bank of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, January 20th. They set a “sector perform” rating and a $88.00 price target for the company. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday, February 22nd. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $88.00.
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In other Verisk Analytics news, CFO Eva F. Huston sold 1,267 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, April 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.98, for a total transaction of $101,334.66. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 11,920 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $953,361.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Eva F. Huston sold 12,975 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.53, for a total transaction of $1,044,876.75. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 11,920 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $959,917.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 105,145 shares of company stock valued at $8,670,059. 3.47% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
Verisk Analytics Company Profile
Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.
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