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

News stories about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 45.4757464500831 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ VRSK) opened at $98.83 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $16,276.51, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.33, a P/E/G ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 0.76. Verisk Analytics has a 12 month low of $75.60 and a 12 month high of $100.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 0.45 and a current ratio of 0.45.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on VRSK shares. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $85.00 price target on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on shares of Verisk Analytics to $100.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 19th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BidaskClub lowered shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price target on shares of Verisk Analytics from $83.00 to $90.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $94.50.

In related news, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 5,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $91.02, for a total transaction of $500,610.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 15,489 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,409,808.78. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Scott G. Stephenson acquired 22,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were bought 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 directly owns 577,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $52,639,521.56. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders acquired 22,978 shares of company stock worth $2,098,817 and sold 44,026 shares worth $4,135,188. 3.41% of the stock is currently owned by company 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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