TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) has been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the sixteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and ten have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $75.40.

A number of equities analysts have commented on TRU shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of TransUnion from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Sunday, May 5th. BNP Paribas started coverage on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $66.00 price target for the company. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas started coverage on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $66.00 price target for the company.

In other news, CAO Timothy Elberfeld sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, April 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.00, for a total value of $70,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 13,062 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $914,340. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Todd M. Cello sold 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.81, for a total transaction of $518,480.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 47,818 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,099,084.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 378,511 shares of company stock valued at $25,042,932 in the last ninety days. 0.92% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in TransUnion during the 4th quarter valued at $37,000. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. bought a new stake in TransUnion during the 1st quarter valued at $80,000. Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stake in TransUnion during the 4th quarter valued at $83,000. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC raised its holdings in TransUnion by 21.6% during the 4th quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC now owns 1,550 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $88,000 after buying an additional 275 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fifth Third Bancorp raised its holdings in TransUnion by 116.0% during the 1st quarter. Fifth Third Bancorp now owns 1,516 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after buying an additional 814 shares during the last quarter. 99.71% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

TRU stock traded down $0.25 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $65.79. The company had a trading volume of 1,381,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,526,919. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.90, a current ratio of 1.64 and a quick ratio of 1.64. TransUnion has a 1 year low of $52.15 and a 1 year high of $79.48. The stock has a market cap of $12.49 billion, a PE ratio of 28.48, a P/E/G ratio of 4.03 and a beta of 0.94.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 23rd. The business services provider reported $0.60 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.07. TransUnion had a net margin of 11.43% and a return on equity of 22.63%. The business had revenue of $623.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $618.38 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.57 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 16.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, research analysts expect that TransUnion will post 2.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 23rd will be paid a $0.075 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 22nd. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.46%. TransUnion’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 12.99%.

About TransUnion

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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