TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the fourteen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $80.09.
TRU has been the topic of several research reports. Jefferies Financial Group initiated coverage on TransUnion in a research report on Wednesday, November 27th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $86.00 target price on the stock. Morgan Stanley raised their target price on TransUnion from $81.00 to $84.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 23rd. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Wednesday, October 23rd. ValuEngine cut TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank raised their target price on TransUnion from $78.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 23rd.
NYSE:TRU traded up $0.09 on Monday, hitting $85.80. The stock had a trading volume of 419,892 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,215,737. The stock has a market cap of $16.16 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.38 and a beta of 0.99. 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 business’s 50-day simple moving average is $83.60 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $78.70. TransUnion has a 52-week low of $52.15 and a 52-week high of $87.39.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 12th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 27th will be given a dividend of $0.075 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 26th. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.35%. TransUnion’s payout ratio is currently 12.99%.
In other news, Director James M. Peck sold 101,167 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.02, for a total transaction of $8,398,884.34. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 243,181 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $20,188,886.62. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Steven M. Chaouki sold 13,662 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.02, for a total value of $1,134,219.24. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 54,674 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,539,035.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 230,316 shares of company stock worth $19,385,842. Insiders own 0.92% of the company’s stock.
A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. World Asset Management Inc increased its stake in TransUnion by 2.4% in the 3rd quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 6,270 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $509,000 after acquiring an additional 146 shares during the last quarter. Roundview Capital LLC increased its position in shares of TransUnion by 2.3% during the 2nd quarter. Roundview Capital LLC now owns 6,643 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $488,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares during the last quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of TransUnion by 2.4% during the 2nd quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. now owns 6,711 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $493,000 after purchasing an additional 159 shares during the last quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P. increased its position in shares of TransUnion by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Natixis Advisors L.P. now owns 73,380 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,394,000 after purchasing an additional 196 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vestmark Advisory Solutions Inc. increased its position in shares of TransUnion by 2.0% during the 3rd quarter. Vestmark Advisory Solutions Inc. now owns 10,406 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $844,000 after purchasing an additional 206 shares during the last quarter. 98.15% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
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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