Media stories about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a media sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Analysts Anticipate Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Will Post Earnings of $0.77 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Director Sells $250,410.00 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) Trading Down – Short interest grew by 17.79% (highlightpress.com)
- Verisk Analytics : Nordea Investment Management AB Raises Stake in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) (4-traders.com)
- Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
Verisk Analytics (VRSK) traded down 0.644% during trading on Friday, reaching $82.495. 425,816 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $80.44 and its 200 day moving average price is $81.53. The firm has a market cap of $13.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.186 and a beta of 0.66. Verisk Analytics has a 52-week low of $75.60 and a 52-week high of $87.40.
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 2nd. The business services provider reported $0.74 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $502.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $511.99 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 37.52% and a net margin of 30.29%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Verisk Analytics will post $3.18 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 15th. Royal Bank Of Canada decreased their target price on shares of Verisk Analytics from $85.00 to $82.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Macquarie upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $90.00 to $95.00 in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $87.00 to $75.00 in a research report on Wednesday, May 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Verisk Analytics has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $86.89.
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In other Verisk Analytics news, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.47, for a total transaction of $250,410.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 107,666 shares in the company, valued at $8,986,881.02. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CFO Eva F. Huston sold 1,267 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.98, for a total transaction of $101,334.66. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 11,920 shares in the company, valued at $953,361.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 43,489 shares of company stock worth $3,498,125 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 3.41% of the company’s stock.
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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