Equifax stock: buy or sell?
August 23rd, 2019
Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers.
Should I buy Equifax stock?Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Having a trading strategy helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.
Currently, 2 buy setups match with Equifax stock right now:
|New all-time high||Yes|
|New 52 week high||Yes|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is Equifax stock a buy?
Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness.At Stocks2.com, we detected 15 ratings published for EFX stock in the last 30 days.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-8-15||National Bank Financial||n/a||Sector Perform|
|2019-7-3||Royal Bank of Canada||n/a||Outperform|
|2019-7-26||Robert W. Baird||n/a||Outperform|
|2019-7-19||Morgan Stanley||n/a||Equal Weight|
|2019-3-15||Exane BNP Paribas||n/a||Neutral|
|2019-2-22||Robert W. Baird||n/a||Buy|
|2019-2-22||Credit Suisse Group||n/a||Outperform|
|2019-1-8||Morgan Stanley||Equal Weight||Hold|
Equifax stock analysis
Equifax decreased -1.42% today to $141.87 after reaching all time highs on Monday.
Equifax decreased -1.42% to $141.87 after reaching all time highs on Monday. On May, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 15.51%. From a daily perspective, EFX is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($138.71, on Aug/14) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($145.17, on Monday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top EFX might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $145.17 or down under $138.71. On Monday, EFX hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on Aug/8 tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers. On June EFX price bounced up over the SMA of 50 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock.
Despite of closing in red ($141.87, -1.03%), Equifax set new all time high at $145.17.
Equifax stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Late May, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 17.82%. Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up late March, EFX climbed $29.65 (26.42%).
Equifax stock price history
Equifax stock went public on March 17th, 1980 with a price of $0.101. Since then, EFX stock grew a 141,770.00%, with an average of 3,635.10% per year. If you had invested right after EFX's IPO a $1,000 in Equifax stock in 1980, it would worth $1,417,700.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
Equifax stock historical price chart
EFX stock reached all-time highs on Monday with a price of $145.17.
Equifax stock price target is $118.10How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we found 14 price forecasts for EFX stock:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-7-3||Royal Bank of Canada||Initiates||n/a||$25.00||-|
|2019-7-26||SunTrust Banks||Raises Target||n/a||$155.00||-|
|2019-7-26||Robert W. Baird||Raises Target||$129.00||$153.00||18.6%|
|2019-7-2||Deutsche Bank||Raises Target||$110.00||$136.00||23.6%|
|2019-7-19||Morgan Stanley||Raises Target||$115.00||$129.00||12.2%|
|2019-3-15||Exane BNP Paribas||Initiates||n/a||$106.00||-|
|2019-2-22||Robert W. Baird||Reiterates||n/a||$119.00||-|
|2019-2-22||Credit Suisse Group||Raises Target||$125.00||$130.00||4%|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareOn February, Equifax reported its latest financial data, posting a slightly fine climb for the Earnings per Share (EPS). Experts expected $1.32 per share, but Equifax posted $1.38.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared to 2017, last anual sales report draw a slightly good increase of 1.48% to $3,412.10 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, by contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) dropped a -8.68% to 8.79%.
|2013||$2,300 M||-||$333 M14.5%||-|
|2014||$2,436 M||5.93%||$367 M15.1%||10.20%|
|2015||$2,664 M||9.33%||$429 M16.1%||16.79%|
|2016||$3,145 M||18.07%||$489 M15.5%||13.91%|
|2017||$3,362 M||6.91%||$587 M17.5%||20.15%|
|2018||$3,412 M||1.48%||$300 M8.8%||-48.95%|
Quarterly financial resultsEquifax posted $835.30 M in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 0.13% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $25.60 M with a profit margin of 3.06%. Profit margin declined a -1.54% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 4.60%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Equifax sales marked a neutral move and remained stable a -0.37%.
|2017-Q1||$832 M||-||$153 M18.4%||-|
|2017-Q2||$857 M||2.94%||$165 M19.3%||7.89%|
|2017-Q3||$835 M||-2.56%||$96 M11.5%||-41.78%|
|2017-Q4||$838 M||0.43%||$172 M20.6%||78.92%|
|2018-Q1||$866 M||3.26%||$91 M10.5%||-47.24%|
|2018-Q2||$877 M||1.29%||$145 M16.5%||59.30%|
|2018-Q3||$834 M||-4.87%||$38 M4.6%||-73.48%|
|2018-Q4||$835 M||0.13%||$26 M3.1%||-33.33%|
Equifax ownershipWhen you are planning to buy a company, it's always worth to have a look its ownership structure.
Equifax shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.44% of all shares.
Bearish positions for EFX stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Equifax:
|Market cap||$17.1 B||$73.8 B||$3.9 B||$10.2 B||$45.7 B|
|Total shares||120.8 M||435.2 M||80.1 M||29.0 M||331.0 M|
|Float shares||120.0 M||433.1 M||79.2 M||28.0 M||610.5 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||88.7%||81.8%||92.4%||85.9%||92.3%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.4%||0.2%||1.4%||2.3%||0.6%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Friday, August 23rd, 2019|
|Day range||$141.25 - $143.84|
|Average true range||$2.92|
|50d mov avg||$137.77|
|100d mov avg||$130.54|
|200d mov avg||$116.81|
Equifax performanceStocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Equifax performance to Automatic Data Processing, CoreLogic, Fair Isaac, Fidelity National Information Services, Fiserv, Moody's and Paychex:
|ADPAutomatic Data Pr...||5.25%||11.78%||20.49%|
Equifax competitorsOne check before investing in any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for Equifax. We chose 7 companies as Equifax competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.
- Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
- CoreLogic (CLGX)
- Fair Isaac (FICO)
- Fidelity National Information Services (FIS)
- Fiserv (FISV)
- Moody's (MCO)
- Paychex (PAYX)
Latest Equifax stock news
- InvestorPlaceWith the Bad News Behind Equifax, EFX Stock Is Becoming a Buy AgainAugust 2, 2019
- InvestorPlaceEquifax Earnings: EFX Stock Edges Largely Unmoved as EPS Top GuidanceJuly 24, 2019
- InvestorPlaceEquifax Data Breach Settlement: What to Know About the PayoutJuly 22, 2019
- InvestorPlaceEquifax Stock Investors Are Still Paying For 2017 Data BreachMarch 29, 2019
- InvestorPlace3 Big Stock Charts for Friday: Equifax, Mattel and Kimberly ClarkFebruary 22, 2019