Reaffirmed: Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) Buy Rating Kept by KBW; $106.0 Target in Place

April 16, 2018 - By Michael Collier

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Investors sentiment increased to 1.08 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.05, from 1.03 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 28 investors sold Verisk Analytics, Inc. shares while 156 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 131 raised stakes. 144.47 million shares or 3.50% less from 149.72 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported.

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt invested in 182 shares. Cibc Asset Management Inc reported 41,801 shares stake. Parnassus Invests Ca stated it has 6.42M shares. Eqis Cap holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 17,159 shares. Bluecrest Mgmt reported 4,738 shares. Junto Management Limited Partnership owns 525,751 shares. Los Angeles Cap Mngmt And Equity Research holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 18,414 shares. Tompkins, New York-based fund reported 525 shares. Axa owns 68,154 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Macquarie Gru Limited holds 0% or 5,600 shares. Proshare Advisors Limited Liability Com has invested 0.06% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Martin Invest Mngmt owns 136,687 shares or 3.18% of their US portfolio. Ativo Cap Management Limited Liability Corp holds 25,832 shares or 0.66% of its portfolio. Telemark Asset Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 200,000 shares or 3.76% of the stock. Echo Street Cap Management Ltd Liability Co invested in 79,727 shares.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 4 buys, and 15 selling transactions for $45.31 million activity. BROWN HYATT J sold $7.37M worth of stock. The insider WRIGHT DAVID B sold $1.42 million. Shares for $834,000 were sold by McCarthy Vincent de P.. 3,000 shares were sold by MILLS ANDREW G, worth $300,000 on Wednesday, February 21. Shares for $37,205 were bought by Shavel Lee. LEHMAN JOHN F had sold 10,526 shares worth $1.00M on Friday, December 15.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) Rating Reaffirmed

KBW now has a $106.0 PT on shares of Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK). The PT would suggest a potential downside of -0.97 % from the last stock close price of Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK). This rating was revealed to clients and investors in analysts note on Thursday, 21 December.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.08 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.05, from 1.03 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 28 investors sold Verisk Analytics, Inc. shares while 156 reduced holdings. 68 funds opened positions while 131 raised stakes. 144.47 million shares or 3.50% less from 149.72 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported.

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Mngmt invested in 182 shares. Cibc Asset Management Inc reported 41,801 shares stake. Parnassus Invests Ca stated it has 6.42M shares. Eqis Cap holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 17,159 shares. Bluecrest Mgmt reported 4,738 shares. Junto Management Limited Partnership owns 525,751 shares. Los Angeles Cap Mngmt And Equity Research holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 18,414 shares. Tompkins, New York-based fund reported 525 shares. Axa owns 68,154 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. Macquarie Gru Limited holds 0% or 5,600 shares. Proshare Advisors Limited Liability Com has invested 0.06% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Martin Invest Mngmt owns 136,687 shares or 3.18% of their US portfolio. Ativo Cap Management Limited Liability Corp holds 25,832 shares or 0.66% of its portfolio. Telemark Asset Ltd Limited Liability Company invested in 200,000 shares or 3.76% of the stock. Echo Street Cap Management Ltd Liability Co invested in 79,727 shares.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 4 buys, and 15 selling transactions for $45.31 million activity. BROWN HYATT J sold $7.37M worth of stock. The insider WRIGHT DAVID B sold $1.42 million. Shares for $834,000 were sold by McCarthy Vincent de P.. 3,000 shares were sold by MILLS ANDREW G, worth $300,000 on Wednesday, February 21. Shares for $37,205 were bought by Shavel Lee. LEHMAN JOHN F had sold 10,526 shares worth $1.00M on Friday, December 15.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) Ratings Coverage

Among 12 analysts covering Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK), 6 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 50% are positive. Verisk Analytics has $118.0 highest and $83.0 lowest target. $102.92’s average target is -3.85% below currents $107.04 stock price. Verisk Analytics had 26 analyst reports since October 23, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Friday, February 23. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Thursday, February 15 by JP Morgan. RBC Capital Markets maintained Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) rating on Thursday, January 18. RBC Capital Markets has “Hold” rating and $100.0 target. Robert W. Baird maintained Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) rating on Thursday, February 22. Robert W. Baird has “Outperform” rating and $115 target. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Thursday, November 2 report. The company was maintained on Thursday, February 22 by Credit Suisse. As per Tuesday, October 31, the company rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird. The firm has “Equal-Weight” rating given on Thursday, November 2 by Morgan Stanley. The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, October 31 by SunTrust. The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) earned “Overweight” rating by JP Morgan on Thursday, February 22.

The stock increased 1.54% or $1.62 during the last trading session, reaching $107.04. About 155,810 shares traded. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has risen 27.59% since April 16, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 16.04% the S&P500.

Analysts await Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) to report earnings on May, 1. They expect $0.92 earnings per share, up 24.32 % or $0.18 from last year’s $0.74 per share. VRSK’s profit will be $151.92 million for 29.09 P/E if the $0.92 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.81 actual earnings per share reported by Verisk Analytics, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.58 % EPS growth.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides data analytics solutions for clients in the insurance, natural resources, healthcare, financial services, and risk management markets in the United States and internationally. The company has market cap of $17.68 billion. The companyÂ’s Risk Assessment segment offers solutions to property and casualty insurance clients and focuses on prediction of loss, and selection and pricing of risk. It has a 32.53 P/E ratio. The Company’s solutions include industry-standard insurance programs that help P&C insurers in defining coverage and issue policies; actuarial services to help its clients analyze and price their risks; and customized services that include assisting with the development of independent insurance programs, analysis of their own underwriting experience, development of classification systems and rating plans, and other business decisions, as well as supplies information to various clients in other markets.

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