Stocks: Verisk Analytics (VRSK) Receiving Somewhat Negative Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Stocks: Verisk Analytics (VRSK) Receiving Somewhat Negative Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat negative recently, Alpha One reports. Alpha One, a division of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a daily sentiment score of -0.03 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 68 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s rankings:

VRSK has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. Citigroup Inc downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics to a “neutral” rating and set a $89.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Royal Bank of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, January 20th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $88.00 price target on the stock. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday, February 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 24th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $86.89.

Shares of Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) traded down 0.23% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $78.10. 70,017 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $12.91 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.95 and a beta of 0.69. Verisk Analytics has a 52-week low of $75.60 and a 52-week high of $87.40. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $80.38 and its 200-day moving average price is $81.94.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 2nd. The business services provider reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.04. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 38.26% and a net margin of 29.06%. The business had revenue of $502.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $511.99 million. On average, equities research analysts expect that Verisk Analytics will post $3.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Verisk Analytics news, Director Andrew G. Mills sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.50, for a total value of $247,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 110,666 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,129,945. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Eva F. Huston sold 12,975 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.53, for a total value of $1,044,876.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 11,920 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $959,917.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 108,145 shares of company stock valued at $8,917,559 over the last 90 days. 3.47% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources and financial services. The Company operates through two segments: Risk Assessment and Decision Analytics. Its Risk Assessment segment serves its property and casualty insurance customers and focuses on prediction of loss, selection and pricing of risk, and compliance with their reporting requirements in each United States state in which they operate.

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