VRSK stock: buy or sell?

VRSK stock price: $160.55 -0.01% At close on January 17th, 2020

Updated on:
January 17th, 2020

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Shares of Verisk Analytics closed yesterday at $160.55 and remained stable a neutral -0.01%.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides data analytics solutions for customers in the insurance, energy, and financial markets in the United States and internationally.

Should I buy VRSK stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. That's why is so important to choose your own trading plan that matches with your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Verisk Analytics stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Verisk Analytics stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 7 ratings published for VRSK stock in the last 30 days.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bearish for VRSK stock, with 3 negative ratings.
Is VRSK a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-7-31Bank of American/aNeutral
2019-5-2UBS GroupSellSell
2019-5-2SunTrust Banksn/aHold
2019-5-2Morgan Stanleyn/aHold
2019-4-9UBS GroupSellSell
2019-4-23Deutsche Bankn/aHold
2019-3-12UBS GroupSellSell

VRSK stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Verisk Analytics remained constant a neutral -0.01% and closed at $160.55.

Shares of Verisk Analytics ended yesterday at $160.55 and remained steady a neutral -0.01%. Since December when VRSK stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $15.83 (10.94%). On September, VRSK hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $164.36 recorded on September. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

VRSK stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Verisk Analytics closed this week at $160.55 and stepped up a fine 2.05%. Counting this, it's been 3 climbing weeks in a row, soaring a 8.00%.

Price finally broke over the resistance at $151.49 and continued climbing. Since early December 2019 when VRSK stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $13.98 (9.54%). Far behind is the all-time high Verisk Analytics marked early September but price is just -2.35% below that top.

VRSK stock chart (weekly)

VRSK stock price history

VRSK stock went public on October 7th, 2009 with a price of $26.811. Since then, VRSK stock grew a 498.80%, with an average of 49.90% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in VRSK stock in 2009, it would worth $4,988.00 today.

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

VRSK stock historical price chart

VRSK stock reached all-time highs on September with a price of $164.42.

VRSK stock price target is $130.00

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. You should not follow the analysts' VRSK stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We detected 7 price forecasts for VRSK stock released in the last 30 days:
VRSK stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-31Bank of AmericaRaises Target$146.00$155.006.2%
2019-5-2UBS GroupRaises Target$111.00$119.007.2%
2019-5-2SunTrust BanksRaises Targetn/a$150.00-
2019-5-2Morgan StanleySet Price Targetn/a$132.00-
2019-4-9UBS GroupRaises Target$106.00$111.004.7%
2019-4-23Deutsche BankSet Price Targetn/a$137.00-
2019-3-12UBS GroupRaises Target$100.00$106.006%
(in average)$115.80$130.0012.0%
Moving in a range from $155.00 and $106.00, the price target for VRSK stock is $130.00. In average, analysts' outlook on VRSK price target is positive, improving the forecast by a 12.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on February, Verisk Analytics . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
VRSK earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a0.72n/a
2017-Q32017-10-310.780.847.7%
2017-Q42018-02-200.780.813.8%
2018-Q12018-05-010.930.941.1%
2018-Q22018-07-311.011.065.0%
2018-Q32018-10-301.071.080.9%
2018-Q42019-02-191.061.04-1.9%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw an impressive gain of 11.65% to $2,395.10 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) stayed steady a -0.88% to 25.00%.

VRSK annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$1,600 M-$342 M21.4%-
2014$1,747 M9.17%$400 M22.9%16.87%
2015$2,068 M18.39%$508 M24.5%26.88%
2016$1,995 M-3.52%$591 M29.6%16.47%
2017$2,145 M7.52%$555 M25.9%-6.11%
2018$2,395 M11.65%$599 M25.0%7.85%

Quarterly financial results

Verisk Analytics posted $613.90 million in sales for 2018-Q4, a 2.54% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $146.20 million with a profit margin of 23.81%. Profit margin decreased a -3.91% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 27.73%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Verisk Analytics sales marked a very good increase and escalated a 7.65%.
VRSK quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$523 M-$121 M23.1%-
2017-Q3$549 M4.95%$121 M22.0%-0.25%
2017-Q4$570 M3.86%$205 M35.9%69.51%
2018-Q1$581 M1.91%$133 M22.9%-35.00%
2018-Q2$601 M3.46%$154 M25.5%15.41%
2018-Q3$599 M-0.43%$166 M27.7%8.14%
2018-Q4$614 M2.54%$146 M23.8%-11.93%
2019-Q1$625 M1.81%$134 M21.5%-8.07%

Verisk Analytics ownership

When you are planning to invest in a stock, it's worth to have a look its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Verisk Analytics, 1.11% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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

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

VRSK
Market cap$26.3 B
Total shares163.9 M
Float shares162.1 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)93.3%
  - Insider holdings (%)1.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%

VRSK summary

Friday, January 17th, 2020
Open$160.86
Close$160.55
Day range$160.07 - $161.59
Previous close$160.56
Session gain-0.01%
Average true range$2.01
50d mov avg$148.04
100d mov avg$151.51
200d mov avg$148.42
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb01c

Verisk Analytics performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. In the following table, we compare Verisk Analytics performance to :
Stock3m6m12m
VRSKVerisk Analytics4.15%6.37%39.73%

Verisk Analytics competitors

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