Alliance Data (ADS) Upgraded to “Sell” by ValuEngine

Alliance Data (NYSE:ADS) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Wednesday.

Several other analysts have also recently commented on ADS. Edward Jones upgraded Alliance Data from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on Alliance Data to $250.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alliance Data from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $283.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, January 26th. Oppenheimer raised their price target on Alliance Data from $219.00 to $227.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, JMP Securities raised their price target on Alliance Data from $285.00 to $310.00 and gave the company a “market outperform” rating in a report on Friday, January 26th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Alliance Data presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $262.37.

Shares of ADS stock traded up $2.06 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $214.80. 580,363 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 697,801. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.86, a quick ratio of 2.11 and a current ratio of 2.14. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.78 billion, a PE ratio of 11.75, a PEG ratio of 0.58 and a beta of 1.76. Alliance Data has a 52 week low of $192.02 and a 52 week high of $278.33.

Alliance Data (NYSE:ADS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 19th. The business services provider reported $4.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.98 by $0.46. The company had revenue of $1.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.93 billion. Alliance Data had a return on equity of 61.30% and a net margin of 10.44%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $3.91 earnings per share. analysts forecast that Alliance Data will post 21.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Alliance Data news, Director Holdings L.P. Valueact purchased 125,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $201.27 per share, with a total value of $25,158,750.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Melisa A. Miller sold 12,246 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $245.09, for a total value of $3,001,372.14. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 42,654 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,454,068.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders acquired 330,246 shares of company stock worth $66,585,860 in the last three months. Insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. raised its position in Alliance Data by 8.1% in the 4th quarter. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. now owns 3,342 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $859,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. Davidson Investment Advisors raised its position in Alliance Data by 0.7% in the 4th quarter. Davidson Investment Advisors now owns 39,484 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $10,008,000 after buying an additional 260 shares during the last quarter. ING Groep NV raised its position in Alliance Data by 22.1% in the 4th quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 1,670 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $423,000 after buying an additional 302 shares during the last quarter. Profund Advisors LLC raised its position in Alliance Data by 23.8% in the 4th quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 1,601 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $406,000 after buying an additional 308 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its position in Alliance Data by 4.2% in the 4th quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 7,690 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,000,000 after buying an additional 309 shares during the last quarter. 95.22% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Alliance Data Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation provides data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions worldwide. It operates through three segments: LoyaltyOne, Epsilon, and Card Services. 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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