Stephens Inc. AR Acquires New Holdings in TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)

Stephens Inc. AR acquired a new stake in shares of TransUnion (NYSE:TRUGet Rating) during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 5,825 shares of the business services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $347,000.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in TRU. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. raised its position in TransUnion by 1.6% during the first quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 13,272 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,372,000 after acquiring an additional 207 shares in the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. grew its holdings in TransUnion by 52.4% during the first quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 8,374 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $865,000 after purchasing an additional 2,880 shares during the last quarter. Roundview Capital LLC grew its holdings in TransUnion by 1.3% during the first quarter. Roundview Capital LLC now owns 20,949 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,165,000 after purchasing an additional 272 shares during the last quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC grew its holdings in TransUnion by 50.9% during the first quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 6,551 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $673,000 after purchasing an additional 2,211 shares during the last quarter. Finally, MetLife Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in TransUnion during the first quarter valued at approximately $1,000,000. Institutional investors own 95.02% of the company’s stock.

Analysts Set New Price Targets

Several equities analysts have commented on TRU shares. Barclays downgraded TransUnion from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $70.00 to $65.00 in a report on Friday, December 2nd. Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price target (down previously from $109.00) on shares of TransUnion in a report on Wednesday, October 19th. Morgan Stanley upgraded TransUnion from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and lowered their price target for the company from $80.00 to $78.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 4th. StockNews.com downgraded shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 10th. Finally, BNP Paribas began coverage on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, January 6th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $64.50 price objective on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. According to MarketBeat, TransUnion currently has an average rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $83.57.

TransUnion Price Performance

Shares of TRU stock opened at $69.78 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.73, a current ratio of 1.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.39. TransUnion has a twelve month low of $50.32 and a twelve month high of $105.23. The company has a market cap of $13.45 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.87, a P/E/G ratio of 0.64 and a beta of 1.30. The business has a fifty day simple moving average of $61.19 and a 200 day simple moving average of $66.97.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRUGet Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The business services provider reported $0.85 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.01. TransUnion had a return on equity of 15.58% and a net margin of 34.48%. The business had revenue of $938.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $944.27 million. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that TransUnion will post 3.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

TransUnion Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 2nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 17th were given a $0.105 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 16th. This represents a $0.42 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.60%. TransUnion’s dividend payout ratio is presently 6.54%.

TransUnion Profile

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TransUnion engages in the provision of information and risk management solutions. It also provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision making capabilities to businesses. The firm operates through the following segments: U.S. Markets, International, Consumer Interactive, and Corporate.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)

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