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FactSet (FDS) Stock Gains 9% in Three Months: Here's How

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FactSet Research Systems Inc. (FDS - Free Report) has had an impressive run over the past three months. The stock has gained 9.3%, outperforming the 6.9% rally of the industry it belongs to and the 5.3% growth of the Zacks S&P 500 composite.

Drivers of the Rally

FactSet has been engaged for more than 40 years in delivering extensive data, sophisticated analytics and flexible technology to global financial professionals, and is currently benefiting from a growing customer base and strong global presence.

The company added 40 clients in the third quarter of 2023, driven by an increase in corporate and wealth clients, taking the total client count to 7,770. The annual client retention rate was 92%. FactSet’s Organic Annual Subscription Value plus professional services were up 8% year over year.

FactSet maintains a performance-based organizational culture with a focus on talent and technology. The company remains focused on expanding its digital platform, delivering cloud-based data and analytics to clients. It emphasizes the extensive use of technology to fast-track product creation and content collection.

The recent acquisition of idaciti supports FactSet’s ongoing initiative to digitally revamp its content collection infrastructure, while also expediting the availability of essential data sets that underpin advanced future workflows. The 2022 acquisition of CUSIP Global Services has strengthened the company’s position in the global capital markets.

Favorable Estimate Revisions

The direction of estimate revisions serves as an important pointer when it comes to the price of a stock. One estimate for 2023 has moved north over the past 60 days versus no southward revision, reflecting analysts’ confidence in the company. Over the same period, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 earnings has increased 0.3%.

Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider

FactSet currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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