WoodTrust Financial Corp Raises Position in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK)

WoodTrust Financial Corp lifted its stake in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSKGet Rating) by 1.7% in the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 25,168 shares of the business services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 411 shares during the quarter. Verisk Analytics comprises approximately 1.1% of WoodTrust Financial Corp’s portfolio, making the stock its 29th largest position. WoodTrust Financial Corp’s holdings in Verisk Analytics were worth $5,402,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of VRSK. Equitec Proprietary Markets LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics in the fourth quarter worth about $34,000. Riverview Trust Co purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics in the first quarter valued at about $36,000. Kathleen S. Wright Associates Inc. purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics in the fourth quarter valued at about $46,000. Ten Capital Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics in the fourth quarter valued at about $49,000. Finally, Confluence Wealth Services Inc. purchased a new position in Verisk Analytics in the fourth quarter valued at about $60,000. 91.29% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts recently commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets reduced their price target on Verisk Analytics from $225.00 to $205.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, May 5th. UBS Group increased their price target on Verisk Analytics from $197.00 to $215.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Bank of America assumed coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, March 11th. They set an “underperform” rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft cut their price objective on Verisk Analytics from $255.00 to $226.00 in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Finally, StockNews.com cut Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat.com, Verisk Analytics has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus price target of $216.80.

Shares of Verisk Analytics stock traded down $2.59 on Tuesday, reaching $172.71. 4,943 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 852,339. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a quick ratio of 0.47 and a current ratio of 0.47. The company’s 50-day moving average is $176.00 and its two-hundred day moving average is $193.99. The firm has a market cap of $27.27 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.37, a P/E/G ratio of 3.01 and a beta of 0.84. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a 1-year low of $156.05 and a 1-year high of $231.57.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSKGet Rating) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The business services provider reported $1.34 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.39 by ($0.05). Verisk Analytics had a net margin of 32.92% and a return on equity of 32.10%. The business had revenue of $775.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $773.79 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.23 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 6.8% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 5.7 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 30th. Investors of record on Wednesday, June 15th were given a $0.31 dividend. This represents a $1.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.72%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 14th. Verisk Analytics’s dividend payout ratio is currently 20.06%.

In other Verisk Analytics news, Director Samuel G. Liss sold 4,039 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $170.00, for a total transaction of $686,630.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 64,212 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,916,040. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher M. Foskett sold 2,888 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $168.18, for a total value of $485,703.84. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 30,548 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,137,562.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 182,028 shares of company stock worth $31,572,586. 1.78% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Verisk Analytics (Get Rating)

Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions in the United States and internationally. The company provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, commercial banking and finance, and various other fields.

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