Shares of TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the thirteen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $79.50.
TRU has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, July 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on shares of TransUnion from $78.00 to $92.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 24th. William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of TransUnion in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, Atlantic Securities downgraded shares of TransUnion from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 30th.
Shares of NYSE TRU traded down $0.16 during trading on Thursday, reaching $80.62. 620,887 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,251,200. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $81.02 and a 200-day simple moving average of $76.30. The company has a quick ratio of 1.42, a current ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.71. The stock has a market capitalization of $15.27 billion, a PE ratio of 34.90, a P/E/G ratio of 2.19 and a beta of 0.99. TransUnion has a 52-week low of $52.15 and a 52-week high of $85.50.
TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 22nd. The business services provider reported $0.76 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.71 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $689.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $676.37 million. TransUnion had a net margin of 14.17% and a return on equity of 23.59%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 14.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.65 EPS. As a group, research analysts predict that TransUnion will post 2.55 EPS for the current year.
In related news, CFO Todd M. Cello sold 7,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.81, for a total value of $628,575.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 41,318 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,462,861.58. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP David E. Wojczynski sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.75, for a total transaction of $418,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 29,384 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,460,910. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 127,329 shares of company stock worth $10,580,429. 0.92% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. CENTRAL TRUST Co purchased a new position in shares of TransUnion in the second quarter worth approximately $54,000. Eagle Asset Management Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of TransUnion by 0.9% in the second quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,621,444 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $119,192,000 after buying an additional 15,079 shares during the last quarter. CSat Investment Advisory L.P. purchased a new position in shares of TransUnion in the second quarter worth approximately $30,000. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its holdings in shares of TransUnion by 6.0% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 242,654 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $17,837,000 after buying an additional 13,661 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in shares of TransUnion by 11.9% in the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 18,778 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $1,374,000 after buying an additional 1,997 shares during the last quarter.
TransUnion Company Profile
TransUnion provides risk and information solutions. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International, and Consumer Interactive. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, and analytical and decisioning services for businesses. These businesses use its services to acquire new customers; assess consumer ability to pay for services; identify cross-selling opportunities; measure and manage debt portfolio risk; collect debt; verify consumer identities; and investigate potential fraud.
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