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Are Analysts Bullish about Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) after last week?

17 September 2017, 03:36 | Cesar Cruz

Argus downgraded Equifax (NYSE:EFX) from Buy to Hold in a report released today.

MORGAN STANLEY: Equifax shares could get cut in half from here (EFX)

Recent session action on shares of Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) in a research note released on Friday, September 8th. They now have a $149.00 price target on the credit services provider's stock.

EFX has been the subject of several other research reports. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a buy rating and issued a $149.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, September 8th.

Equifax shares have lost a third of their value since the hack, with Morgan Stanley analyst Jeffrey Goldstein writing that the stock could fall down to $50 per share, well below his current price target of $127. Evercore ISI reiterated a buy rating and issued a $174.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Saturday, September 9th. Barclays PLC restated an "overweight" rating and set a $115.00 target price (down from $150.00) on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Argus initiated coverage on Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $142.20.

Montag A & Associates Inc decreased Equifax Inc (EFX) stake by 3.58% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $147.02. (NYSE:EFX) shares are trading -33.03% away from the 50 day simple moving average and -29.66% away from the 200 day simple moving average. The company has market cap of $1.21 billion. The expected JRVR's profit could reach $20.43 million giving the stock 14.81 P/E in the case that $0.68 earnings per share is reported. Equifax Inc had 36 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company had revenue of $801.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $799.53 million. Next quarter's EPS is forecasted at $1.51 and the next full year EPS is projected to be $6.55. They expect $1.52 EPS, up 5.56% or $0.08 from last year's $1.44 per share.

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Additionally Equifax, Inc. recently declared a dividend for shareholders which was paid on Friday September 15th, 2017. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.21%. (NYSE:EFX) were released by: and their article: "Analysts Keep Saying Buy, and Equifax Keeps Plunging" published on September 13, 2017 as well as's news article titled: "Equifax Says Cyberattack May Have Hit 143 Million Customers" with publication date: September 07, 2017.

Janus Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Equifax, Inc. South Dakota Investment Council sold 248,173 shares as the company's stock declined 7.64% while stock markets rallied. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. The shares were sold at an average price of $145.70, for a total value of $250,458.30. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 42,723 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,238,412.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 12,219 shares of company stock worth $1,780,938 over the last ninety days. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 86.41% of the company's stock. ETF Managers Group LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the 2nd quarter valued at $137,000. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 7.0% in the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 40,718 shares of the credit services provider's stock valued at $5,594,000 after buying an additional 8,364 shares during the period. It also reduced its holding in Wal (NYSE:WMT) by 61,154 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 329,952 shares, and cut its stake in Lpl Finl Hldgs Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). William Blair Investment Management LLC now owns 1,305,063 shares of the credit services provider's stock valued at $178,454,000 after purchasing an additional 650,550 shares during the period. Finally, Wellington Management Group LLP boosted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 2.6% in the first quarter.

Equifax Inc., launched on December 20, 1913, is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers.

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