Dixon Hubard Feinour & Brown Inc. VA reduced its stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 14.0% in the 3rd quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 11,104 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 1,815 shares during the quarter. Dixon Hubard Feinour & Brown Inc. VA’s holdings in Equifax were worth $1,450,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in EFX. Enterprise Financial Services Corp bought a new position in Equifax during the 3rd quarter worth $114,000. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd raised its position in Equifax by 1,375.6% during the 2nd quarter. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd now owns 1,151 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $144,000 after purchasing an additional 1,073 shares during the last quarter. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC bought a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth $158,000. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth $175,000. Finally, Deroy & Devereaux Private Investment Counsel Inc. bought a new position in Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth $200,000. 91.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
EFX stock opened at $102.12 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a 1-year low of $90.54 and a 1-year high of $138.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 1.19 and a quick ratio of 1.19. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.30 billion, a PE ratio of 17.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 1.12.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 23rd will be paid a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.53%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is presently 26.13%.
Several research firms have recently weighed in on EFX. Morgan Stanley reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $127.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. ValuEngine raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price objective on Equifax from $140.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on Equifax from $135.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, July 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $127.10.
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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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