Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) Lowered to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “D&B continues to hold a dominant position in risk management, credit ratings, sales and marketing, e-business and supply-management solutions. We believe that the company’s high-margin business model positions it for long-term growth. Acquisitions continue to play an important role in D&B’s growth. D&B’s innovative product pipeline is a major positive. Partnerships with big players have helped D&B bring in more customers. However, the stock has underperformed the industry in the past year. Further, Stiff competition, high debt level & uncertain macroeconomic environment are other factors that continue to bother D&B’s performance.”

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DNB has been the topic of several other research reports. ValuEngine lowered Dun & Bradstreet from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. JPMorgan Chase boosted their price target on Dun & Bradstreet from $117.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Barclays raised Dun & Bradstreet from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $132.00 to $140.00 in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, William Blair reaffirmed a “market perform” rating on shares of Dun & Bradstreet in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $129.80.

Dun & Bradstreet stock traded up $1.10 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $117.63. The stock had a trading volume of 60,839 shares, compared to its average volume of 413,965. Dun & Bradstreet has a 1-year low of $101.17 and a 1-year high of $130.95. The firm has a market cap of $4,281.56, a PE ratio of 15.98, a P/E/G ratio of 3.17 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.03, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 1.04.

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) last announced its earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The business services provider reported $3.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.04 by $0.18. Dun & Bradstreet had a negative return on equity of 30.74% and a net margin of 8.09%. The business had revenue of $528.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $535.82 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $2.99 EPS. Dun & Bradstreet’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Dun & Bradstreet will post 8.12 EPS for the current year.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Fox Run Management L.L.C. increased its position in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 85.6% during the 4th quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. now owns 7,237 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $857,000 after purchasing an additional 3,337 shares during the last quarter. Financial Advisors Network Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 29.0% during the 4th quarter. Financial Advisors Network Inc. now owns 3,846 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $455,000 after acquiring an additional 865 shares during the last quarter. AXA increased its holdings in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 61.7% during the 4th quarter. AXA now owns 139,618 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $16,532,000 after acquiring an additional 53,300 shares during the last quarter. Hermes Investment Management Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 6,933.3% during the 4th quarter. Hermes Investment Management Ltd. now owns 375,013 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $44,405,000 after acquiring an additional 369,681 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Dun & Bradstreet by 1.1% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,148,246 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $372,783,000 after acquiring an additional 35,296 shares during the last quarter. 91.53% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Dun & Bradstreet

The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation provides commercial data, analytics, and insight on businesses. The company operates through two segments, Americas and Non-Americas. It offers risk management solutions comprising trade credit solutions, such as The D&B Credit Suite, which includes D&B Credit and DNBi, subscription-based online applications that offer customers real time access to information, comprehensive monitoring, and portfolio analysis; various business information reports; and D&B Credibility solutions primarily for small businesses; Supplier Risk Manager, an online application that helps businesses mitigate supply chain risk; Compliance product suite that includes D&B Onboard and D&B Compliance Check, which helps customers comply with anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption regulations through onboarding, screening, and monitoring of customers and third parties; and D&B Direct, an API that enables data integration inside enterprise applications, such as ERP, and enables master data management and toolkit.

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