Equifax stock: buy or sell?

EFX stock price: $154.01 -0.61% At close on January 24th, 2020

Updated on:
January 24th, 2020

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Equifax depreciated -0.61% on January/24 to $154.01 after topping to all time highs on Wednesday. Jan 24th session broke a green streak of 4 days in a row.

Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers.

Should I buy Equifax stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Equifax stock right now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

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 month.

Is EFX a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-4TD SecuritiesHoldBuy
2019-9-10BMO Capital Marketsn/an/a
2019-8-30Raymond Jamesn/aOutperform
2019-8-15National Bank Financialn/aSector Perform
2019-7-3Royal Bank of Canadan/aOutperform
2019-7-26SunTrust Banksn/aBuy
2019-7-26Stephensn/aEqual Weight
2019-7-26Robert W. Bairdn/aOutperform
2019-7-2Deutsche Bankn/aHold
2019-7-19Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-5-6Barclaysn/aHold
2019-3-15Exane BNP Paribasn/aNeutral
2019-3-15BNP ParibasUnderperformUnderperform
2019-2-5Deutsche BankBuyHold
2019-2-22SunTrust Banksn/aBuy

Equifax stock analysis

Daily outlook

After climbing to all-time highs several times in past weeks, Equifax depreciated -0.61% to $154.01.

After climbing for 4 days, January/24 Equifax depreciated a disappointing -0.61%, closing at $154.01. From a daily perspective, EFX is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($138.40, on December/31) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($155.43, on Wednesday) 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 $155.43 or down under $138.40. Since SMA50d and SMA100d crossed up on Wednesday, EFX price slid a -0.21%. On December 31st EFX price bounced up over the SMA of 100 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. On Wednesday, EFX hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on Tuesday tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

EFX stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Equifax set new all time highs back again this week, setting highs to $155.43. Shares closed at $154.01 and raised 0.64% during the week. For 5 weeks in a row, price climbed and marked a profit of 11.10%.

Weekly chart tells us that price finally broke over the resistance at $142.29 and continued climbing. Since late May 2019 when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, EFX price gained $33.93 per share (28.26%). Since late March 2019 when EFX stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $42.10 (37.62%).

EFX stock chart (weekly)

Equifax stock price history

Equifax stock went public on March 17th, 1980 with a price of $0.001. Since then, EFX stock surged a inf%, with a yearly average of inf%. If you had invested $1,000 in Equifax stock in 1980, it would worth $inf today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Equifax stock historical price chart

EFX stock reached all-time highs on Wednesday with a price of $155.43.

Equifax stock price target is $118.30

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. 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 11 price predictions for EFX stock:
EFX stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-3Royal Bank of CanadaInitiatesn/a$25.00-
2019-7-26SunTrust BanksRaises Targetn/a$155.00-
2019-7-26StephensRaises Target$130.00$131.000.8%
2019-7-26Robert W. BairdRaises Target$129.00$153.0018.6%
2019-7-2Deutsche BankRaises Target$110.00$136.0023.6%
2019-7-19Morgan StanleyRaises Target$115.00$129.0012.2%
2019-5-6BarclaysReiteratesn/a$125.00-
2019-3-15Exane BNP ParibasInitiatesn/a$106.00-
2019-3-15BNP ParibasInitiatesn/a$106.00-
2019-2-5Deutsche BankDowngrades$128.00$110.00-14.1%
2019-2-22SunTrust BanksReiteratesn/a$125.00-
(in average)$122.40$118.30-3.0%
Moving in a range from $155.00 and $25.00, the price prediction for EFX stock is $118.30. In average, analysts' outlook on EFX price forecast is negative, downsizing the prediction by a -3.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, Equifax reported its latest financial data, posting a slightly good gain for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Analyst were expecting $1.32 per share, but Equifax posted $1.38.
EFX earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/a1.26n/a
2017-Q2-n/a1.36n/a
2017-Q32017-11-091.491.532.7%
2017-Q42018-03-011.351.393.0%
2018-Q12018-04-251.371.434.4%
2018-Q22018-07-251.541.561.3%
2018-Q32018-10-241.421.41-0.7%
2018-Q42019-02-201.321.384.5%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a slightly fine gain of 1.48% to $3,412.10 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) dropped a -8.68% to 8.79%.

EFX annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$2,300 M-$333 M14.5%-
2014$2,436 M5.93%$367 M15.1%10.20%
2015$2,664 M9.33%$429 M16.1%16.79%
2016$3,145 M18.07%$489 M15.5%13.91%
2017$3,362 M6.91%$587 M17.5%20.15%
2018$3,412 M1.48%$300 M8.8%-48.95%

Quarterly financial results

Equifax posted $835.30 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 0.13% improvement 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 turnover to same quarter last year, Equifax sales marked a tight move and remained stable a -0.37%.
EFX quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$832 M-$153 M18.4%-
2017-Q2$857 M2.94%$165 M19.3%7.89%
2017-Q3$835 M-2.56%$96 M11.5%-41.78%
2017-Q4$838 M0.43%$172 M20.6%78.92%
2018-Q1$866 M3.26%$91 M10.5%-47.24%
2018-Q2$877 M1.29%$145 M16.5%59.30%
2018-Q3$834 M-4.87%$38 M4.6%-73.48%
2018-Q4$835 M0.13%$26 M3.1%-33.33%

Equifax ownership

When you are planning to invest in a company, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

Equifax shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.38% of all shares.

Bearish positions for EFX stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

EFX
Market cap$18.6 B
Total shares121.1 M
Float shares120.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)96.4%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.4%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Equifax summary

Friday, January 24th, 2020
Open$155.32
Close$154.01
Day range$153.20 - $155.40
Previous close$154.95
Session gain-0.61%
Average true range$2.30
50d mov avg$141.69
100d mov avg$140.74
200d mov avg$136.03
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern lb01c

Equifax performance

To better understand Equifax performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. We compared Equifax against in the following table:
Stock3m6m12m
EFXEquifax11.99%8.79%47.60%

Equifax competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Equifax competitor. This doesn't mean Equifax does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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