Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) Stock Price

News headlines about Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Verisk Analytics earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 45.3371226074711 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Shares of NASDAQ VRSK traded down $0.19 during trading on Friday, reaching $107.38. 567,073 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 763,185. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 0.45 and a current ratio of 0.45. Verisk Analytics has a 12-month low of $75.60 and a 12-month high of $108.58. The firm has a market capitalization of $17,732.41, a P/E ratio of 33.45, a PEG ratio of 2.47 and a beta of 0.67.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The business services provider reported $1.34 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.56. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 33.58% and a net margin of 25.88%. The firm had revenue of $570.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $557.09 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.80 EPS. Verisk Analytics’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Verisk Analytics will post 3.97 earnings per share for the current year.

Several analysts have issued reports on the company. BidaskClub cut Verisk Analytics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. ValuEngine raised Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $112.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, February 26th. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $106.00 price objective (up previously from $96.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, February 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “market perform” rating and issued a $102.00 price objective (up previously from $100.00) on shares of Verisk Analytics in a research report on Thursday, February 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $103.07.

In related news, EVP Kenneth E. Thompson sold 104,431 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.07, for a total value of $10,972,565.17. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 141,973 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,917,103.11. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CFO Lee Shavel bought 399 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 12th. The shares were bought at an average price of $94.05 per share, for a total transaction of $37,525.95. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief financial officer now owns 23,128 shares in the company, valued at $2,175,188.40. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders purchased 1,110 shares of company stock worth $112,570 and sold 401,642 shares worth $41,814,853. Insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

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About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc provides data analytics solutions for customers in the insurance, energy, and financial markets in the United States and internationally. Its Decision Analytics segment develops predictive models to forecast scenarios, and produce standard and customized analytics for predicting loss, selecting and pricing risk, detecting fraud before and after a loss event, and quantifying losses.

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