News stories about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of 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 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 45.4212577703944 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) opened at $99.12 on Wednesday. Verisk Analytics has a twelve month low of $75.60 and a twelve month high of $99.92. The company has a current ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 0.45 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36. The company has a market capitalization of $16,180.98, a PE ratio of 30.70, a PEG ratio of 2.54 and a beta of 0.80.
Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The business services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $549.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $527.97 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 36.91% and a net margin of 22.09%. Verisk Analytics’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.84 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics will post 3.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several research firms have recently weighed in on VRSK. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price target on shares of Verisk Analytics to $100.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $106.00 price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 target price on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, December 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $93.36.
In related news, Director Frank J. Coyne sold 64,420 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.44, for a total transaction of $5,826,144.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 58,998 shares in the company, valued at $5,335,779.12. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Scott G. Stephenson bought 22,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $91.16 per share, with a total value of $2,023,752.00. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 577,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $52,639,521.56. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders acquired 22,978 shares of company stock valued at $2,098,817 and sold 108,446 shares valued at $9,961,333. 3.41% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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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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