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Searching For Real Value In Market Debris At Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX)

After Hours

There may be slightly higher risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading than during regular market hours. Due to the fact that issuers often announce critical financial information outside of regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities. After-hours trades for Equifax Inc. (EFX) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $1.20, or 0.55%, to $218.55. The Equifax Inc. has recorded 16,976 volume in the after hours trading session. Yahoo Finance discussed the stock recently as it posted Equifax Announces Earnings Release Date and Conference Call for Fourth Quarter 2022 Results.

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Stocks Info

As a NYSE listed company, EFX falls under the Industrials sector while operating within the Consulting Services industry segment. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $217.35 and fluctuated between $217.92 as its day high and $212.60 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Equifax Inc. is $26.48B. A total of 1.2 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 916.73K shares.

Insider Activity

Aside from predicting where a stock will go, investors also consider insider trades as an indicator of the stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, EFX has seen 0 BUY and 6 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 0 and the disposition of 540 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 34 BUYs and 61 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 284,867 shares during that period but sold 186,763.

In the most recent transaction, Griggs James M sold 300 shares of EFX for 200.00 per share on Nov 14. After the transaction, the SVP & Corp Controller now owns 4,820 company shares. In a previous transaction on Nov 03, Nelson Lisa M sold 100 shares at 159.58 per share. EFX shares that EVP, President International owns now total 7,406.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Nelson Lisa M disposed of 684 shares on Oct 26 at a per-share price of $165.58. This resulted in the EVP, President International holding 7,590 shares of EFX after the transaction. In another insider transaction, GAMBLE JOHN W JR sold 15,000 shares at $165.52 per share on Oct 26. Company shares held by the EVP, CFO & COO now total 46,073.


Investors prefer companies that pay dividends because dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate a positive outlook. Equifax Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.56, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.72%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 37.79. EFX’s most recent ex-dividend date was 11/22/2022 when it declared a $0.39 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 12/15/2022. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 9/15/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 9/2/2022. The EFX stock dividend was $0.39 per share in cash.

In spite of price targets being rarely accurate, it tends to exert some kind influence from time to time, and was often accepted by the market as having some value. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for EFX in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $207.84 with high estimates of $235.00 and low estimates of $150.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, EFX has a high of $245.27 and a low of $145.98.

As of this writing, EFX has an earnings estimate of $1.5 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 17 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.68 per share and a lower estimate of $1.45. The company reported an EPS of $2.09 in the last quarter, which was 4.50% higher than expectations of $2.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

The balance sheet of a company shows what assets and liabilities a company has, as well as the amount, equity investors have invested. With the help of this information, a company’s financial ratios can be calculated to give investors an overview of the company’s prospects.

Analysts Opinion

The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Currently, 22 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for EFX is Sell with a score of 3.83. A total of 9 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 3 rated it as Overweight while 9 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 1 thought it should be Sold.

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