Dimensional Fund Advisors LP Increases Stake in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK)

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) by 1.9% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 510,670 shares of the business services provider’s stock after buying an additional 9,669 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 0.30% of Verisk Analytics worth $41,453,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Creative Planning raised its position in shares of Verisk Analytics by 16.4% in the third quarter. Creative Planning now owns 1,891 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $154,000 after buying an additional 266 shares during the period. Lloyds Banking Group plc increased its stake in Verisk Analytics by 51.3% in the third quarter. Lloyds Banking Group plc now owns 2,768 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $224,000 after buying an additional 938 shares in the last quarter. Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC increased its stake in Verisk Analytics by 6.9% in the third quarter. Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC now owns 3,268 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $266,000 after buying an additional 211 shares in the last quarter. Bell State Bank & Trust increased its stake in Verisk Analytics by 4.8% in the third quarter. Bell State Bank & Trust now owns 3,354 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $273,000 after buying an additional 153 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cadence Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Verisk Analytics by 8.7% in the fourth quarter. Cadence Capital Management LLC now owns 3,402 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $276,000 after buying an additional 271 shares in the last quarter. 92.51% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK)

Shares of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) traded up 0.32% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $81.63. The company had a trading volume of 285,522 shares. Verisk Analytics, Inc. has a one year low of $75.72 and a one year high of $87.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $13.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.62 and a beta of 0.69. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $80.41 and a 200-day moving average of $81.83.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 21st. The business services provider reported $0.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.03. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 38.26% and a net margin of 29.06%. The firm had revenue of $506.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $505.10 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.80 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 6.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics, Inc. will post $3.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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VRSK has been the subject of several recent research reports. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Wednesday, February 15th. Citigroup Inc downgraded Verisk Analytics to a “neutral” rating and set a $89.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, February 15th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Royal Bank of Canada assumed coverage on Verisk Analytics in a research note on Friday, January 20th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $88.00 price objective for the company. Cantor Fitzgerald restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research note on Wednesday, February 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 24th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $88.00.

In related news, CFO Eva F. Huston sold 12,975 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.53, for a total value of $1,044,876.75. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 11,920 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $959,917.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CFO Eva F. Huston sold 1,267 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.98, for a total transaction of $101,334.66. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 11,920 shares in the company, valued at $953,361.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 105,145 shares of company stock worth $8,670,059 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 3.47% of the company’s stock.

Verisk Analytics Company Profile

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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