Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Monday.

According to Zacks, “Dun & Bradstreet is expected to benefit from its high-margin business model and strong product portfolio.  DNB’s partnerships with big players have also helped it bring many more customers into the fold. Plus, D&B is well-positioned to gain from its strategic acquisitions and alliances. The company’s focus on expanding analytics capabilities is also a positive. Though D&B’s Americas business remains strong, but the international business continues to be a drag on financials. Stiff competition, weak DNBi business and high debt are other areas of concerns.”

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on DNB. Barclays PLC raised their price objective on shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. from $100.00 to $125.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 3rd. William Blair restated a “market perform” rating on shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. in a report on Monday, October 17th.

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB) opened at 123.10 on Monday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $122.32 and its 200-day moving average is $128.63. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.53 billion, a P/E ratio of 47.06 and a beta of 1.45. Dun & Bradstreet Corp. has a 52-week low of $85.99 and a 52-week high of $141.57.

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, November 1st. The company reported $1.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.75 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $412.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $423.62 million. Dun & Bradstreet Corp. had a net margin of 5.70% and a negative return on equity of 24.33%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.62 EPS. On average, analysts predict that Dun & Bradstreet Corp. will post $7.38 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 9th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.4825 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 21st. This represents a $1.93 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.57%. Dun & Bradstreet Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 73.11%.

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A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in DNB. Washington Trust Bank raised its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. by 0.3% in the third quarter. Washington Trust Bank now owns 1,705 shares of the company’s stock valued at $233,000 after buying an additional 5 shares in the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc raised its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. by 0.8% in the second quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 3,685 shares of the company’s stock valued at $449,000 after buying an additional 29 shares in the last quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. raised its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. by 0.6% in the second quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 5,419 shares of the company’s stock valued at $660,000 after buying an additional 30 shares in the last quarter. First Quadrant L P CA raised its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. by 0.4% in the third quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 9,036 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,234,000 after buying an additional 36 shares in the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE raised its stake in shares of Dun & Bradstreet Corp. by 0.4% in the third quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 9,529 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,302,000 after buying an additional 38 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.74% of the company’s stock.

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. Company Profile

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation is the source of commercial data, analytics and insight on businesses. The Company operates through two segments: Americas, which consists of its operations in the United States, Canada and Latin America, and Non-Americas, which consists of its operations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greater China and India.

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