There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. After-hours trades for Equifax Inc. (EFX) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$5.19, or -2.41%, to $210.12. The Equifax Inc. has recorded 18,431 volume in the after hours trading session. Yahoo Finance discussed the stock recently as it posted Equifax Enhances Mortgage Verification Portfolio with Launch of Employment Select+™.
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This NYSE-listed company operates within the Consulting Services industry segment, falling under the Industrials sector. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $215.31 and fluctuated between $216.78 as its day high and $208.94 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Equifax Inc. is $26.43B. A total of 0.83 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 706.48K shares.
Insider trades can also provide insight into a stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, EFX has seen 2 BUY and 0 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 13,877 and the disposition of 0 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 24 BUYs and 46 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 133,216 shares during that period but sold 79,897.
In the most recent transaction, Begor Mark W sold 7,000 shares of EFX for 208.37 per share on May 18. After the transaction, the CEO now owns 134,646 company shares. In a previous transaction on Nov 14, Griggs James M sold 300 shares at 200.00 per share. EFX shares that SVP & Corp Controller owns now total 4,820.
Among the insiders who sold shares, Nelson Lisa M disposed of 100 shares on Nov 03 at a per-share price of $159.58. This resulted in the EVP, President International holding 7,406 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.
The income generated by dividends is an indication that a company is improving its financial position, which is why investors prefer companies paying dividends. 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 45.25. EFX’s most recent ex-dividend date was 5/24/2023 when it declared a $0.39 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 6/15/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 3/15/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 2/21/2023. The EFX stock dividend was $0.39 per share in cash.
Even though price targets are rarely accurate, they do tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often considered important by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for EFX in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $218.30 with high estimates of $250.00 and low estimates of $155.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, EFX has a high of $234.14 and a low of $145.98.
As of this writing, EFX has an earnings estimate of $1.67 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 16 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.73 per share and a lower estimate of $1.62. The company reported an EPS of $1.52 in the last quarter, which was 2.00% higher than expectations of $1.49.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
In a balance sheet, you can see what assets and liabilities the company has, as well as how much equity investors have invested. These figures can be used to calculate a company’s financial ratios to give investors a better idea of its prospects. EFX’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $224.70M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $5.29B in debt and $2.29B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $33.15, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $3.60B.
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, 0 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 Buy with a score of 3.88.