There Is A Quest For Clarity Surrounding Verisk Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: VRSK) Volatility

After Hours

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. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that Verisk to Announce Fiscal Fourth-Quarter 2023 Results on February 21, 2024.

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Stocks Info

This NASDAQ-listed company operates within the Consulting Services industry segment, falling under the Industrials sector. The current market capitalization of Verisk Analytics Inc is $35.93B. A total of 0.55 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 851.94K shares.

Insider Activity

Insider trades can also provide insight into a stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, VRSK has seen 2 BUY and 1 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 2,297 and the disposition of 1,484 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 34 BUYs and 16 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 61,640 shares during that period but sold 50,209.

In the most recent transaction, Daffan Nicholas sold 25 shares of VRSK for 235.48 per share on Jan 16. After the transaction, the Chief Information Officer now owns 48,872 company shares. In a previous transaction on Jan 12, Daffan Nicholas sold 1,507 shares at 235.64 per share. VRSK shares that Chief Information Officer owns now total 48,860.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Daffan Nicholas disposed of 1,480 shares on Dec 12 at a per-share price of $242.10. This resulted in the Chief Information Officer holding 45,561 shares of VRSK after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Daffan Nicholas sold 1,484 shares at $237.66 per share on Nov 13. Company shares held by the Chief Information Officer now total 44,744.

Dividend

The income generated by dividends is an indication that a company is improving its financial position, which is why investors prefer companies paying dividends. Verisk Analytics Inc pays an annual dividend of $1.32, resulting in a dividend yield of 0.53%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 72.94. VRSK’s most recent ex-dividend date was 12/14/2023 when it declared a $0.34 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 12/29/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 9/29/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 9/14/2023. The VRSK stock dividend was $0.34 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 VRSK in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $252.61 with high estimates of $285.00 and low estimates of $225.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, VRSK has a high of $249.26 and a low of $169.74.

As of this writing, VRSK has an earnings estimate of $1.44 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 16 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.49 per share and a lower estimate of $1.37. The company reported an EPS of $1.51 in the last quarter, which was 7.10% higher than expectations of $1.41.

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. VRSK’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $111.90M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $3.58B in debt and $1.85B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $2.65, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $2.84B.

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, 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 VRSK is Buy with a score of 3.88.

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