Equifax stock: buy or sell?
January 24th, 2020
Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers.
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Currently, 2 buy setups work for 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 month.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-9-10||BMO Capital Markets||n/a||n/a|
|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|
Equifax stock analysis
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.
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%).
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 $118.30Nobody 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:
|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||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareOn 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.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared 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%.
|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 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%.
|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 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:
|Market cap||$18.6 B|
|Total shares||121.1 M|
|Float shares||120.6 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||96.4%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.4%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%|
|Friday, January 24th, 2020|
|Day range||$153.20 - $155.40|
|Average true range||$2.30|
|50d mov avg||$141.69|
|100d mov avg||$140.74|
|200d mov avg||$136.03|
Equifax performanceTo 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:
Equifax competitorsUnfortunately, 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.
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