Short Interest Don’t Lie: What’s Propelling Verisk Analytics Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRSK) After Higher Shorts Reported?

November 21, 2016 - By Marguerite Chambers   ·   0 Comments

Short Interest Don't Lie: What’s Propelling Verisk Analytics Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRSK) After Higher Shorts Reported?

The stock of Verisk Analytics Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRSK) registered an increase of 10.08% in short interest. VRSK’s total short interest was 4.07 million shares in November as published by FINRA. Its up 10.08% from 3.69 million shares, reported previously. With 684,100 shares average volume, it will take short sellers 6 days to cover their VRSK’s short positions. The short interest to Verisk Analytics Incorporated’s float is 2.45%. The stock increased 0.19% or $0.16 on November 18, hitting $83.16. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has risen 5.80% since April 19, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.94% the S&P500.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. is a data analytics well-known provider serving clients in insurance, natural resources, healthcare, financial services, government and risk management. The company has a market cap of $14.07 billion. The Firm provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to clients in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence and economic forecasting, among others. It has a 31.2 P/E ratio. The Firm operates through two divisions: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics.

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 1.03 in 2016 Q2. Its up 0.13, from 0.9 in 2016Q1. The ratio improved, as 30 funds sold all Verisk Analytics, Inc. shares owned while 166 reduced positions. 36 funds bought stakes while 140 increased positions. They now own 146.68 million shares or 5.53% less from 155.26 million shares in 2016Q1.
Cambridge Investment Research Advsr holds 0.01% or 4,597 shares in its portfolio. Wells Fargo Mn holds 1.79M shares or 0.06% of its portfolio. Glob X Management Limited Liability Corporation has invested 0.01% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Ameriprise Financial accumulated 0% or 82,523 shares. Friedberg reported 41,180 shares or 1.58% of all its holdings. Fdx Inc last reported 6,535 shares in the company. Financial Management Professionals Inc last reported 105 shares in the company. The Colorado-based Marsico Capital Mngmt Limited Liability Co has invested 0.14% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Shelton Capital Mngmt last reported 0.07% of its portfolio in the stock. Great West Life Assurance Can has invested 0.03% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). The New Mexico-based Thornburg Mgmt has invested 0.11% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). The California-based Blackrock Fund Advsr has invested 0.05% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Buffington Mohr Mcneal, a Idaho-based fund reported 7,315 shares. Moreover, Horizon Kinetics Ltd Liability Corporation has 0.02% invested in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 7,600 shares. Veritable Lp owns 2,539 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio.

Insider Transactions: Since May 25, 2016, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 12 selling transactions for $18.64 million net activity. McCarthy Vincent de P. also sold $195,048 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) shares. Anquillare Mark V also sold $1.63 million worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Tuesday, September 13. LEHMAN JOHN F sold $157,963 worth of stock or 1,996 shares. WRIGHT DAVID B also sold $812,415 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) shares. Coyne Frank J sold $5.06M worth of stock. Shares for $4.52M were sold by Thompson Kenneth E on Monday, June 6.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) Ratings Coverage

Out of 9 analysts covering Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK), 4 rate it a “Buy”, 1 “Sell”, while 4 “Hold”. This means 44% are positive. Verisk Analytics has been the topic of 11 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The rating was maintained by UBS on Thursday, August 4 with “Sell”. The firm has “Outperform” rating by KBW given on Tuesday, July 21. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Tuesday, July 21 by UBS. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Bruyette & Woods” given on Tuesday, July 21. The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has “Neutral” rating given on Friday, August 26 by Macquarie Research. Sterne Agee CRT initiated Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Tuesday, March 22 with “Neutral” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, November 10 by Cantor Fitzgerald. Wood initiated Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) rating on Tuesday, July 21. Wood has “Outperform” rating and $90 price target.

VRSK Company Profile

Verisk Analytics, Inc., incorporated on May 23, 2008, is a data analytics well-known provider serving clients in insurance, natural resources, healthcare, financial services, government and risk management. The Firm provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to clients in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence and economic forecasting, among others. The Firm operates through two divisions: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. The Risk Assessment segment provides statistical, actuarial and underwriting data for the United States property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. The Decision Analytics segment develops solutions that its clients use to analyze processes in managing risk.

Another recent and important Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) news was published by Globenewswire.com which published an article titled: “Verisk Analytics, Inc., Acquires The GeoInformation Group” on November 14, 2016.

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