Equifax Inc. Could Decline a Lot According to The Today’s Call Option Activity

 Equifax Inc. Could Decline a Lot According to The Today's Call Option Activity

In today’s session Equifax Inc. (EFX) recorded an unusually high (259) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the December, 2016 put, expecting serious EFX decrease. With 259 contracts traded and 2904 open interest for the Dec, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: EFX161216P00115000 closed last at: $0.9 or 12.5% up. The stock decreased 0.14% or $0.17 on November 23, hitting $120.07. About 482,869 shares traded hands. Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has risen 3.77% since April 22, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 1.64% the S&P500.

Analysts await Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) to report earnings on February, 8. They expect $1.37 EPS, up 20.18% or $0.23 from last year’s $1.14 per share. EFX’s profit will be $162.25M for 21.91 P/E if the $1.37 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.44 actual EPS reported by Equifax Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -4.86% negative EPS growth.

Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) Ratings Coverage

Out of 9 analysts covering Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX), 7 rate it a “Buy”, 0 “Sell”, while 2 “Hold”. This means 78% are positive. Equifax Inc has been the topic of 18 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The stock of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) earned “Buy” rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, October 23. The rating was initiated by Cowen & Co on Wednesday, March 30 with “Outperform”. On Friday, March 18 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Overweight”. The stock of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, February 12 by Deutsche Bank. Barclays Capital maintained it with “Overweight” rating and $135 target price in Friday, April 29 report. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of EFX in a report on Friday, February 12 with “Overweight” rating. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Wednesday, September 21 with “Overweight”. Morgan Stanley initiated the shares of EFX in a report on Tuesday, February 23 with “Overweight” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) on Friday, October 28 with “Outperform” rating. The company was maintained on Thursday, August 4 by Jefferies.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Equifax is one of the leaders in facilitating and securing commerce by bringing buyers and sellers together world-wide through information, transaction processing and Internet businesses. Global operations include consumer and commercial credit information services, credit card marketing and processing services, check guarantee and authorization, software, modeling, database management, marketing solutions, analytics, direct to consumer services, and Internet identity verification and digital certificate services.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 0.96 in Q2 2016. Its up 0.11, from 0.85 in 2016Q1. The ratio increased, as 41 funds sold all Equifax Inc. shares owned while 200 reduced positions. 61 funds bought stakes while 144 increased positions. They now own 103.59 million shares or 2.75% less from 106.53 million shares in 2016Q1.
Wilbanks Smith Thomas Asset Management Limited Liability holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) for 1,611 shares. Stanley reported 9,699 shares or 0.49% of all its holdings. Teacher Retirement Systems Of Texas last reported 0.03% of its portfolio in the stock. Monetary Mgmt Grp Inc Inc last reported 16,225 shares in the company. The New Jersey-based Strategy Asset Managers Limited Liability Co has invested 0.69% in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). Spinnaker last reported 5,400 shares in the company. Arcadia Investment Mgmt Corp Mi has 339 shares for 0.01% of their US portfolio. Trust Of Vermont accumulated 200 shares or 0% of the stock. Moreover, Voya Inv Mgmt Ltd Liability Corp has 0.27% invested in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) for 857,719 shares. Tokio Marine Asset Mngmt Ltd has invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). Hanseatic Svcs Inc accumulated 1.09% or 22,338 shares. Moreover, Kalmar Investments De has 1.28% invested in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) for 226,530 shares. Renaissance Tech Ltd Liability reported 88,495 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Lazard Asset Ltd Company holds 0% or 110 shares in its portfolio. Kbc Grp Inc Nv last reported 7,961 shares in the company.

Insider Transactions: Since May 31, 2016, the stock had 4 insider buys, and 9 insider sales for $34.38 million net activity. The insider Smith Richard F sold $6.32M. $634,043 worth of shares were sold by Barros Paulino R on Tuesday, May 31. 3,400 Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) shares with value of $420,385 were bought by TEMPLETON MARK B. Ploder Rodolfo O also sold $408,806 worth of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) on Monday, August 29. HOUGH G. THOMAS had bought 1,000 shares worth $122,250. Adams J Dann also sold $54,250 worth of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) shares. Hartman John T. had sold 9,909 shares worth $1.31M.

Equifax Inc. is a provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The company has a market cap of $14.22 billion. The Firm operates through four divisions: U.S. It has a 30.37 P/E ratio. Information Solutions , International, Workforce Solutions and Personal Solutions.

EFX Company Profile

Equifax Inc., incorporated on December 20, 1913, is a well-known provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Firm operates through four divisions: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services. International includes Canada, Europe and Latin America business units, and provides services and products similar to those available in the USIS segment but with variations by geographic region. In Europe and Latin America, it also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management. Workforce Solutions provides services enabling clients to verify income and employment (Verification Services), as well as to outsource and automate the performance of certain payroll-related and human resources management business processes, including unemployment cost management, tax credits and incentives and I-9 management services and services to allow employers to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act (Employer Services). Personal Solutions provides products to clients in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom enabling them to understand and monitor their credit and monitor and help protect their identity. It also sells consumer and credit information to resellers who combine information with other information to provide direct to consumer monitoring, reports and scores.

More notable recent Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) news were published by: Prnewswire.com which released: “Elane Stock Elected to Equifax Board of Directors” on November 18, 2016, also Prnewswire.com with their article: “Equifax to Meet with Investors in New York City, Minneapolis, and Toronto” published on November 09, 2016, Prnewswire.com published: “Equifax Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend” on October 26, 2016. More interesting news about Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) were released by: Forbes.com and their article: “Ex-Dividend Reminder: Forward Air, Equifax and Barnes Group” published on November 17, 2016 as well as Prnewswire.com‘s news article titled: “Equifax to Meet with Investors in New York” with publication date: October 27, 2016.

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