Alliance Data Systems Co. (ADS) Shares Bought by Oakbrook Investments LLC

Oakbrook Investments LLC raised its holdings in Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE:ADS) by 83.4% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 4,585 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 2,085 shares during the period. Oakbrook Investments LLC’s holdings in Alliance Data Systems were worth $1,162,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in ADS. Northern Trust Corp increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 41.3% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,308,680 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $335,925,000 after purchasing an additional 382,814 shares during the period. Turtle Creek Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 3,379.9% during the third quarter. Turtle Creek Asset Management Inc. now owns 259,250 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $57,437,000 after purchasing an additional 251,800 shares during the period. Atlantic Trust Group LLC increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 53.6% during the third quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 572,862 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $126,917,000 after purchasing an additional 199,877 shares during the period. USS Investment Management Ltd increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 24.3% during the fourth quarter. USS Investment Management Ltd now owns 678,796 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $172,078,000 after purchasing an additional 132,796 shares during the period. Finally, Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec increased its stake in shares of Alliance Data Systems by 67.7% during the third quarter. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec now owns 304,511 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $67,748,000 after purchasing an additional 122,900 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.59% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on ADS. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alliance Data Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $298.00 target price (up previously from $278.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $293.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Stephens set a $304.00 target price on Alliance Data Systems and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Alliance Data Systems has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $274.06.

In related news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total transaction of $500,080.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Co. (NYSE ADS) opened at $261.82 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,140.35, a P/E ratio of 27.76, a P/E/G ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.79. Alliance Data Systems Co. has a 12-month low of $209.00 and a 12-month high of $278.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.11.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. The business had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.97 billion. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $4.74 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Alliance Data Systems Co. will post 17.06 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Alliance Data Systems Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS)

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