North Star Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 1.4% during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 109,404 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,503 shares during the period. North Star Asset Management Inc. owned approximately 0.09% of Equifax worth $10,189,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in EFX. Ipswich Investment Management Co. Inc. acquired a new position in Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $75,000. Enterprise Financial Services Corp acquired a new position in Equifax during the third quarter valued at approximately $114,000. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. lifted its position in Equifax by 105.6% during the third quarter. Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. now owns 1,431 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $187,000 after buying an additional 735 shares in the last quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA lifted its position in Equifax by 270.3% during the third quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 1,444 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $189,000 after buying an additional 1,054 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Co Ltd. acquired a new position in Equifax during the third quarter valued at approximately $201,000. 91.34% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
EFX has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. TD Securities reaffirmed an “average” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Monday, January 7th. SunTrust Banks reduced their price target on shares of Equifax to $115.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, December 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Deutsche Bank set a $128.00 price target on shares of Equifax and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 26th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Equifax from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $119.90.
EFX opened at $108.50 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $13.07 billion, a PE ratio of 18.17, a PEG ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 1.20. Equifax Inc. has a 52-week low of $88.68 and a 52-week high of $138.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a current ratio of 1.19.
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Equifax Company Profile
Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.
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