New Lifetime High For Equifax (EFX) - TheStreet

Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Equifax

(

EFX

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Equifax as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EFX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $60.5 million.
  • EFX has traded 4,227 shares today.
  • EFX is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on EFX:

Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company's U.S. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1%. EFX has a PE ratio of 32. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equifax a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Equifax has been 648,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Equifax has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.94 and a short float of 2% with 3.86 days to cover. Shares are up 36.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Equifax as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EFX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • EQUIFAX INC has improved earnings per share by 30.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EQUIFAX INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.97 versus $2.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.47 versus $2.97).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Professional Services industry average. The net income increased by 27.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $92.70 million to $117.90 million.
  • The gross profit margin for EQUIFAX INC is rather high; currently it is at 66.06%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 17.66% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $247.20 million or 26.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, EQUIFAX INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 32.77%.

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