Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. boosted its position in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 144.0% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The firm owned 2,223 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,312 shares during the quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $262,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the business. National Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Equifax by 3.0% in the second quarter. National Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,930 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $267,000 after purchasing an additional 57 shares in the last quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Equifax by 1.4% in the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,057 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $970,000 after purchasing an additional 96 shares in the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. lifted its position in shares of Equifax by 1.1% in the second quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 20,759 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $2,851,000 after purchasing an additional 236 shares in the last quarter. Balyasny Asset Management LLC lifted its position in shares of Equifax by 19.3% in the second quarter. Balyasny Asset Management LLC now owns 2,271 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $312,000 after purchasing an additional 367 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James Trust N.A. raised its position in Equifax by 21.9% during the third quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 3,091 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $328,000 after acquiring an additional 555 shares in the last quarter. 94.80% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
Several equities analysts have commented on EFX shares. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on shares of Equifax to $126.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a report on Friday, January 19th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $137.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Barclays downgraded shares of Equifax from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and upped their price target for the company from $115.00 to $128.00 in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price target for the company from $149.00 to $115.00 in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $128.07.
Equifax Inc. (EFX) traded up $0.29 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $117.46. 804,546 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,253,557. The firm has a market cap of $14,070.00, a P/E ratio of 26.57, a PEG ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a current ratio of 0.67 and a quick ratio of 0.67. Equifax Inc. has a twelve month low of $89.59 and a twelve month high of $147.02.
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Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.
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