Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Verisk Analytics (VRSK) Stock Price

Media stories about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.5504901745214 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Verisk Analytics (VRSK) traded up $0.38 during trading on Thursday, hitting $99.61. The stock had a trading volume of 1,730,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,030,000. Verisk Analytics has a 1-year low of $75.60 and a 1-year high of $102.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $16,400.00, a P/E ratio of 36.09, a PEG ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 0.76. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 0.45 and a current ratio of 0.45.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 20th. The business services provider reported $1.34 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.56. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 35.90% and a net margin of 25.88%. The business had revenue of $570.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $557.09 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics will post 3.58 EPS for the current year.

A number of analysts have issued reports on VRSK shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, December 8th. Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $89.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $90.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Sunday, December 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $102.33.

In other Verisk Analytics news, CFO Lee Shavel purchased 390 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 20th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $96.36 per share, with a total value of $37,580.40. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief financial officer now directly owns 22,341 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,152,778.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $100.00, for a total value of $300,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have bought 1,177 shares of company stock valued at $112,591 and have sold 31,526 shares valued at $3,009,268. Insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.

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About Verisk Analytics

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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