Analysts Offer Insights on Financial Companies: Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK) and Assurant (NYSE: AIZ)

By Jason Carr

Companies in the Financial sector have received a lot of coverage today as analysts weigh in on Verisk Analytics (VRSKResearch Report) and Assurant (AIZResearch Report).

Verisk Analytics (VRSK)

Morgan Stanley analyst Toni Kaplan maintained a Hold rating on Verisk Analytics today and set a price target of $164.00. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $157.10, close to its 52-week high of $164.97.

According to TipRanks.com, Kaplan has 0 stars on 0-5 star ranking scale with an average return of -6.8% and a 41.1% success rate. Kaplan covers the Services sector, focusing on stocks such as Servicemaster Global Holdings, Factset Research, and Nielsen Holdings.

Verisk Analytics has an analyst consensus of Hold, with a price target consensus of $161.60.

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Assurant (AIZ)

In a report released today, John Nadel from UBS maintained a Buy rating on Assurant, with a price target of $154.00. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $125.91, close to its 52-week high of $127.76.

According to TipRanks.com, Nadel is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 8.8% and a 68.3% success rate. Nadel covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as Brighthouse Financial Inc, Prudential Financial Inc, and Lincoln National Corp.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Moderate Buy analyst consensus rating for Assurant with a $149.50 average price target, implying a 19.5% upside from current levels. In a report issued on October 3, SunTrust Robinson also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $145.00 price target.

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