Credit Suisse Group reissued their underperform rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports. The brokerage currently has a $218.00 price target on the business services provider’s stock, up from their prior price target of $193.00.

A number of other equities analysts have also issued reports on ADS. Zacks Investment Research lowered Alliance Data Systems from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Barclays reaffirmed an equal weight rating and issued a $298.00 target price (up from $278.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $270.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a hold rating and set a $235.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a buy rating and set a $293.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $274.06.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) traded up $5.88 on Wednesday, hitting $261.82. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 692,298 shares, compared to its average volume of 622,162. Alliance Data Systems has a one year low of $209.00 and a one year high of $278.33. The firm has a market cap of $14,360.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.53, a quick ratio of 2.09 and a current ratio of 2.11.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The business services provider reported $5.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.80 by $0.55. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 62.95% and a net margin of 7.09%. The company had revenue of $1.91 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.97 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $4.74 EPS. Alliance Data Systems’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems will post 17.08 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total transaction of $500,080.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Corporate insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Cryder Capital Partners LLP increased its position in Alliance Data Systems by 6.9% in the third quarter. Cryder Capital Partners LLP now owns 140,071 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $31,033,000 after buying an additional 9,063 shares during the period. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C increased its position in Alliance Data Systems by 3.7% in the third quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 140,187 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $31,059,000 after buying an additional 4,980 shares during the period. Court Place Advisors LLC increased its position in Alliance Data Systems by 6.9% in the third quarter. Court Place Advisors LLC now owns 11,013 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,440,000 after buying an additional 715 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. increased its position in Alliance Data Systems by 1,310.0% in the second quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,410 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $362,000 after buying an additional 1,310 shares during the period. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp increased its position in Alliance Data Systems by 33.6% in the third quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 14,833 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $3,286,000 after buying an additional 3,733 shares during the period. 94.59% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Alliance Data Systems Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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