TransUnion Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (NYSE:TRU)

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Friday. Traders purchased 1,090 call options on the company. This is an increase of Infinity compared to the average daily volume of 0 call options.

In other news, EVP Christopher A. Cartwright sold 234,565 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.05, for a total value of $12,912,803.25. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 105,917 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,830,730.85. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP John T. Danaher sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.92, for a total transaction of $1,373,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 61,619 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,384,115.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,256,366 shares of company stock valued at $222,165,192 over the last three months. 2.10% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado increased its stake in TransUnion by 138.6% in the 2nd quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 4,009 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $174,000 after buying an additional 2,329 shares during the period. ETRADE Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in TransUnion in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $204,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in TransUnion by 17.0% in the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 4,780 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $207,000 after buying an additional 694 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in TransUnion in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $212,000. Finally, Alpine Global Management LLC acquired a new position in TransUnion in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $217,000.

TransUnion (TRU) traded up $0.53 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $55.59. 1,139,907 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,402,423. TransUnion has a twelve month low of $30.23 and a twelve month high of $56.44. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51, a current ratio of 1.84 and a quick ratio of 1.84. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,150.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.49.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $498.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $475.52 million. TransUnion had a net margin of 13.17% and a return on equity of 21.37%. The firm’s revenue was up 13.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.38 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that TransUnion will post 1.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

TRU has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, September 18th. SunTrust Banks initiated coverage on shares of TransUnion in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $54.00 target price on the stock. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of TransUnion in a report on Friday, September 8th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $48.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $57.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a report on Friday, October 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.00.

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About TransUnion

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive.

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