What Will Happen to Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) Next? The Stock Just Reaches 52-Week High

April 23, 2018 - By Ellis Scott

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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.
Oak Ridge Invests Limited Liability Corporation invested 0.48% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). 156,621 are held by Bnp Paribas Asset Mgmt Holdg. Bancorp Of Mellon Corporation owns 1.20M shares. Nomura Asset Mngmt reported 32,758 shares. Pnc Fin Serv Gru Incorporated holds 89,564 shares. Citadel Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 0.03% or 516,995 shares in its portfolio. Boothbay Fund Management Limited Liability Company owns 2,562 shares. Wells Fargo And Mn has invested 0.01% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Mackenzie Corp accumulated 0.19% or 806,970 shares. Drw Ltd Liability Company, a Illinois-based fund reported 2,184 shares. Dupont Mngmt invested 0% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Barbara Oil has 0.46% invested in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Personal Cap has invested 0.24% in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Pub Employees Retirement Systems Of Ohio reported 155,017 shares. D E Shaw Communications holds 0.01% of its portfolio in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) for 47,584 shares.

Since October 26, 2017, it had 4 insider purchases, and 14 selling transactions for $38.48 million activity. Shavel Lee bought $37,205 worth of stock. On Wednesday, February 21 MILLS ANDREW G sold $300,000 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) or 3,000 shares. $718,407 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) was sold by IORDANOU CONSTANTINE on Tuesday, March 13. McCarthy Vincent de P. also sold $834,000 worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Thursday, March 15. Thompson Kenneth E sold $6.37M worth of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Friday, March 16. The insider Grover David J. sold $729,750.

The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) hit a new 52-week high and has $113.72 target or 6.00 % above today’s $107.28 share price. The 6 months bullish chart indicates low risk for the $17.72 billion company. The 1-year high was reported on Apr, 23 by Barchart.com. If the $113.72 price target is reached, the company will be worth $1.06 billion more.
The 52-week high event is an important milestone for every stock because it shows very positive momentum and is time when buyers come in. During such notable technical setup, fundamental investors usually stay away and are careful shorting or selling the stock.

The stock decreased 0.09% or $0.1 during the last trading session, reaching $107.28. About 227,999 shares traded. Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has risen 27.59% since April 23, 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 after the close. They expect $0.92 EPS, up 24.32 % or $0.18 from last year’s $0.74 per share. VRSK’s profit will be $151.93M for 29.15 P/E if the $0.92 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.81 actual EPS reported by Verisk Analytics, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 13.58 % EPS growth.

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 had 26 analyst reports since October 31, 2017 according to SRatingsIntel. SunTrust maintained Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Tuesday, October 31 with “Hold” rating. As per Thursday, February 15, the company rating was maintained by JP Morgan. The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) has “Market Perform” rating given on Thursday, February 22 by BMO Capital Markets. The firm has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Tuesday, October 31. On Thursday, December 7 the stock rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) on Wednesday, November 1 with “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird with “Buy” on Monday, January 8. As per Wednesday, April 18, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Friday, February 23 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) earned “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Wednesday, November 1.

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 $17.72 billion. The company'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 32.61 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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