Insider Selling: Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) EVP Sells $19,468.65 in Stock

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSKGet Rating) EVP Kathy Card Beckles sold 107 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $181.95, for a total value of $19,468.65. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 7,462 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,357,710.90. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Verisk Analytics Trading Up 1.9 %

Shares of VRSK opened at $181.61 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $28.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.20, a P/E/G ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.82. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a one year low of $156.05 and a one year high of $222.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 0.46 and a current ratio of 0.46. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $179.32 and a 200 day moving average price of $181.43.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSKGet Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 1st. The business services provider reported $1.46 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.46. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 37.62% and a net margin of 34.12%. The firm had revenue of $745.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $757.80 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.44 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post 5.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Verisk Analytics Dividend Announcement

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 15th were paid a dividend of $0.31 per share. This represents a $1.24 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.68%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 14th. Verisk Analytics’s payout ratio is currently 19.25%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. StockNews.com initiated coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research note on Wednesday, October 12th. They issued a “hold” rating for the company. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft lowered their price target on Verisk Analytics from $227.00 to $195.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, October 24th. Raymond James lowered their price target on Verisk Analytics from $215.00 to $185.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, November 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their target price on Verisk Analytics from $220.00 to $195.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, November 3rd. Finally, Barclays upped their target price on Verisk Analytics from $200.00 to $220.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, December 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. According to MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $196.36.

Institutional Trading of Verisk Analytics

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Teacher Retirement System of Texas raised its stake in Verisk Analytics by 17.4% during the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 38,011 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $6,579,000 after buying an additional 5,629 shares in the last quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 10.1% during the 3rd quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 2,113 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $360,000 after purchasing an additional 194 shares during the period. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 49.1% during the 2nd quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. now owns 2,663 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $461,000 after purchasing an additional 877 shares during the period. Vanguard Personalized Indexing Management LLC raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 24.2% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Personalized Indexing Management LLC now owns 8,048 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,393,000 after purchasing an additional 1,566 shares during the period. Finally, Hartford Investment Management Co. raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 2.4% during the 3rd quarter. Hartford Investment Management Co. now owns 17,969 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,064,000 after purchasing an additional 416 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.89% of the company’s stock.

About Verisk Analytics

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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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