February 24, 2018

First Data Corporation (NASDAQ:FDC) Expected To Report Earnings On Monday

15 February 2018, 06:58 | Hattie Nash

Starting from first part of this ratio analysis; "Margins", and the profit margin can answer importantly to find consistent trends in a firm's earnings, the FDC has positive 6.00% profit margin that indicates every dollar of sales a firm actually keeps in earnings, and the larger number indicates improving and vise worse.

First Data Corporation (FDC) failed to surprise the stock market in its last reported earnings when it earned $0.4 a piece versus the consensus-estimated $0.4. First Data had a net margin of 12.16% and a return on equity of 26.90%. The lowest sales estimate is $1.90 billion and the highest is $1.97 billion. They expect $-0.28 earnings per share, up 48.15% or $0.26 from last year's $-0.54 per share. Over the a year ago Company's shares have been trading in the range of $14.67 and $19.23. First Data updated its FY18 guidance to $1.35-1.40 EPS. Morgan Stanley lowered First Data Corporation from an "overweight" rating to an "equal weight" rating and increased their target price for the company from $18.00 to $19.00 in a report on Wednesday, June 28th.

In related news, insider Andrew Gelb sold 7,473 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. Corporate insiders own 6.30% of the company's stock. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

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The volatility measures taking place as price volatility of stock was 3.94% for a week and 3.27% for a month. Russell Investments Group Ltd. increased its position in First Data Corporation by 445.4% during the first quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. now owns 5,574,786 shares of the business services provider's stock worth $100,569,000 after acquiring an additional 5,155,686 shares during the last quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board lifted its holdings in shares of First Data by 117.1% during the third quarter.

The counter witnessed a trading volume of 7.76 million shares versus an average volume of 4.45 million shares during last trading session. Finally, Sei Investments Co. increased its position in First Data Corporation by 8.4% during the first quarter. It provides secure and innovative payment technology and services. BlackRock Inc. now owns 15,870,199 shares of the business services provider's stock worth $288,835,000 after purchasing an additional 1,721,402 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 49.19% of the company's stock.

Several research firms have commented on FDC.

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Bernstein Upgrade from a "Market Perform " rating to a " Outperform" rating. First Data Corporation was covered by a number of analysts recently, 13 rated the stock as Buy, 12 rated Outperform, 6 rated Hold, 0 gave an Underperform and 0 rated sell. KeyCorp reaffirmed a "buy" rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of First Data in a report on Friday, October 27th. 3 analysts say it's a Hold while 0 analysts provided their expert opinion as Sell. The stock of First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) has "Buy" rating given on Monday, February 5 by Guggenheim. Lloyds Banking Group plc has 0 buy ratings, 0 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -9.98% from its high of $4.21 to a $68.1 billion market value through last close. The stock is now moving below its 20-Day Simple Moving Average of -6.46% with a 50-Day Simple Moving Average of -3.73 percent.

First Data Corporation (FDC) has an Analysts' Mean Recommendation of 1.8, according to data compiled by Finviz. If you are accessing this story on another domain, it was illegally stolen and republished in violation of USA and global trademark and copyright laws. It operates through three divisions: Global Business Solutions, Global Financial Solutions, and Network & Security Solutions.

First Data Corporation provides electronic commerce solutions for merchants, financial institutions, and card issuers worldwide.

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