Verisk Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) – Investment analysts at William Blair raised their Q1 2017 earnings estimates for Verisk Analytics in a note issued to investors on Monday. William Blair analyst T. Mchugh now forecasts that the brokerage will post earnings of $0.80 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.79. William Blair also issued estimates for Verisk Analytics’ FY2017 earnings at $3.28 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $3.51 EPS.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 1st. The company reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.09. The firm earned $498.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $496.70 million. Verisk Analytics had a return on equity of 38.26% and a net margin of 29.06%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.85 EPS. ILLEGAL ACTIVITY NOTICE: This piece was first reported by Financial Market News and is owned by of Financial Market News. If you are reading this piece on another domain, it was stolen and reposted in violation of US and international trademark and copyright laws. The correct version of this piece can be viewed at http://www.financial-market-news.com/q1-2017-eps-estimates-for-verisk-analytics-inc-vrsk-increased-by-analyst/1209961/.

Earnings History and Estimates for Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK)

VRSK has been the subject of a number of other reports. Macquarie initiated coverage on Verisk Analytics in a report on Thursday, August 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $88.00 target price for the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Friday, August 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Verisk Analytics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $93.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, November 15th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Verisk Analytics in a report on Thursday, November 3rd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $88.14.

Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ:VRSK) opened at 83.88 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $14.05 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.17 and a beta of 0.65. Verisk Analytics has a 52-week low of $64.79 and a 52-week high of $86.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $81.88 and a 200 day moving average price of $81.42.

In other news, SVP Vincent De P. Mccarthy sold 2,400 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.70, for a total transaction of $200,880.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 34,349 shares in the company, valued at $2,875,011.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, COO Mark V. Anquillare sold 20,000 shares of Verisk Analytics stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.88, for a total value of $1,577,600.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 74,090 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,844,219.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 3.47% of the company’s stock.

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Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC bought a new position in shares of Verisk Analytics during the second quarter valued at about $100,000. Van ECK Associates Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Verisk Analytics during the second quarter worth $111,000. Huntington National Bank raised its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 97.1% in the third quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 1,518 shares of the company’s stock worth $123,000 after buying an additional 748 shares in the last quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC raised its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 1.9% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 1,602 shares of the company’s stock worth $130,000 after buying an additional 30 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Creative Planning raised its stake in shares of Verisk Analytics by 27.9% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 1,625 shares of the company’s stock worth $132,000 after buying an additional 354 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.59% of the company’s stock.

About Verisk Analytics

Verisk Analytics, Inc is a data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, natural resources, healthcare, financial services, government and risk management. The Company provides predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence and economic forecasting, among others.

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