Stock Mover of the Day: Verisk Analytics Inc (NASDAQ:VRSK) Institutional Investor Positioning

November 29, 2016 - By Winifred Garcia   ·   0 Comments

Stock Mover of the Day: Verisk Analytics Inc (NASDAQ:VRSK) Institutional Investor Positioning

Sentiment for Verisk Analytics Inc (NASDAQ:VRSK)

Verisk Analytics Inc (NASDAQ:VRSK) institutional sentiment increased to 1.03 in Q2 2016. Its up 0.13, from 0.9 in 2016Q1. The ratio is better, as 176 investment professionals increased and opened new positions, while 196 cut down and sold their holdings in Verisk Analytics Inc. The investment professionals in our partner’s database reported: 146.68 million shares, down from 155.26 million shares in 2016Q1. Also, the number of investment professionals holding Verisk Analytics Inc in their top 10 positions decreased from 7 to 4 for a decrease of 3. Sold All: 30 Reduced: 166 Increased: 140 New Position: 36.

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 $14.05 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 31.47 P/E ratio. The Firm operates through two divisions: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics.

About 8,256 shares traded hands. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has risen 6.80% since April 26, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 1.54% the S&P500.

Analysts await Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) to report earnings on February, 28. They expect $0.78 EPS, down 2.50% or $0.02 from last year’s $0.8 per share. VRSK’s profit will be $130.65M for 26.88 P/E if the $0.78 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual EPS reported by Verisk Analytics, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -7.14% negative EPS growth.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Verisk Analytics is a leading provider of information about risk to professionals in insurance, healthcare, financial services, government, and risk management. Using advanced technologies to collect and analyze billions of records, Verisk Analytics draws on vast industry expertise and unique proprietary data sets to provide predictive analytics and decision support solutions in fraud prevention, actuarial science, insurance coverages, fire protection, catastrophe and weather risk, data management, and many other fields. In the United States and around the world, Verisk Analytics helps customers protect people, property, and financial assets.”

Junto Capital Management Lp holds 5.97% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. for 471,647 shares. Bares Capital Management Inc. owns 908,084 shares or 5.24% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Wedgewood Partners Inc has 4.73% invested in the company for 2.88 million shares. The Virginia-based Akre Capital Management Llc has invested 4.21% in the stock. Martin Investment Management Llc, a Illinois-based fund reported 243,616 shares.#img1#

Insider Transactions: Since January 1, 0001, the stock had 0 buys, and 11 selling transactions for $18.49 million net activity.

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

Ratings analysis reveals 44% of Verisk Analytics’s analysts are positive. Out of 9 Wall Street analysts rating Verisk Analytics, 4 give it “Buy”, 1 “Sell” rating, while 4 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $70 while the high is $90. The stock’s average target of $82.71 is -1.37% below today’s ($83.86) share price. VRSK was included in 11 notes of analysts from July 21, 2015. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Tuesday, November 10 report. On Thursday, August 4 the stock rating was maintained by UBS with “Sell”. On Tuesday, July 21 the stock rating was downgraded by UBS to “Sell”. The rating was initiated by Macquarie Research with “Neutral” on Friday, August 26. The rating was initiated by KBW with “Outperform” on Tuesday, July 21. On Tuesday, March 22 the stock rating was initiated by Sterne Agee CRT with “Neutral”. The firm earned “Outperform” rating on Tuesday, July 21 by Bruyette & Woods”. The firm has “Outperform” rating by Wood given on Tuesday, July 21.

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.

More important recent Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) news were published by: Globenewswire.com which released: “Verisk Analytics, Inc., Acquires MarketStance” on November 28, 2016, also Nasdaq.com published article titled: “Verisk Analytics, Inc., to Announce Fiscal Third-Quarter 2016 Results on …”, Insurancejournal.com published: “Verisk Analytics Buys UK’s The GeoInformation Group” on November 15, 2016. More interesting news about Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) was released by: Equitiesfocus.com and their article: “Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) 200-Day MA At $81.331” with publication date: November 28, 2016.

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