Dun & Bradstreet Corp (DNB) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Analysts

Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE:DNB) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $129.80.

DNB has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Dun & Bradstreet from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. William Blair restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Dun & Bradstreet in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dun & Bradstreet from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $133.00 target price for the company in a research report on Friday, February 16th. Barclays upgraded shares of Dun & Bradstreet from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $132.00 to $140.00 in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their target price on shares of Dun & Bradstreet from $117.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th.

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Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) traded down $0.79 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $126.90. 92,214 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 406,936. Dun & Bradstreet has a 1 year low of $101.17 and a 1 year high of $130.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.03. The company has a market cap of $4,818.00, a PE ratio of 33.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.56 and a beta of 1.20.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) last posted its earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The business services provider reported $3.22 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.04 by $0.18. Dun & Bradstreet had a net margin of 8.09% and a negative return on equity of 30.74%. The firm had revenue of $528.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $535.82 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $2.99 EPS. Dun & Bradstreet’s quarterly revenue was up 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Dun & Bradstreet will post 8.12 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 22nd were issued a $0.5225 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, February 21st. This is a boost from Dun & Bradstreet’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.50. This represents a $2.09 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.65%. Dun & Bradstreet’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 55.15%.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DNB. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $128,000. First Mercantile Trust Co. bought a new position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $184,000. Eagle Ridge Investment Management bought a new position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $201,000. Moneta Group Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet in the third quarter valued at approximately $204,000. Finally, Magnetar Financial LLC bought a new position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet in the third quarter valued at approximately $206,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.54% of the company’s stock.

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About Dun & Bradstreet

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States and Canada, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, Greater China, India, and its European and Asia Pacific Worldwide Networks.

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