Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada in a report issued on Thursday, January 4th. They currently have a $293.00 price target on the business services provider’s stock. Royal Bank of Canada’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 14.23% from the stock’s previous close.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on ADS. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $235.00 target price on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $300.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Oppenheimer set a $208.00 price objective on Alliance Data Systems and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $310.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Barclays raised Alliance Data Systems from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $265.00 to $310.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $276.44.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems (ADS) opened at $256.51 on Thursday. Alliance Data Systems has a 12 month low of $209.00 and a 12 month high of $278.33. The company has a market capitalization of $14,170.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.15, a PEG ratio of 0.98 and a beta of 1.79. The company has a quick ratio of 2.09, a current ratio of 1.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 8.02.

Alliance Data Systems (NYSE:ADS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The business services provider reported $6.10 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.72 by $1.38. Alliance Data Systems had a return on equity of 66.17% and a net margin of 10.22%. The firm had revenue of $2.11 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.15 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $4.67 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 15.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Alliance Data Systems will post 20.64 EPS for the current year.

In other Alliance Data Systems news, CFO Charles L. Horn sold 2,128 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $235.00, for a total value of $500,080.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 2.60% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Fiduciary Trust Co. bought a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the second quarter valued at about $108,000. ETF Managers Group LLC bought a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the second quarter valued at about $128,000. WFG Advisors LP lifted its holdings in Alliance Data Systems by 135.9% in the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 677 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $174,000 after acquiring an additional 390 shares during the period. Commonwealth Bank of Australia lifted its holdings in Alliance Data Systems by 66.6% in the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 728 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $185,000 after acquiring an additional 291 shares during the period. Finally, FNY Managed Accounts LLC bought a new position in Alliance Data Systems in the fourth quarter valued at about $190,000. 94.87% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Alliance Data Systems Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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