Total System Services Inc. (NYSE:TSS) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the nineteen ratings firms that are presently covering the company. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have assigned a hold recommendation and nine have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $53.62.

Several research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG set a $58.00 price objective on shares of Total System Services and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Total System Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Morgan Stanley restated a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of Total System Services in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $55.00 price objective (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Total System Services in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, First Analysis upgraded shares of Total System Services from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 28th.

In other Total System Services news, insider William A. Pruett sold 57,905 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.34, for a total transaction of $2,857,032.70. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Philip W. Tomlinson sold 94,317 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.53, for a total transaction of $4,577,204.01. Following the transaction, the director now owns 197,966 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,607,289.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Brinker Capital Inc. increased its stake in shares of Total System Services by 14.3% in the third quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. now owns 12,249 shares of the company’s stock worth $579,000 after buying an additional 1,533 shares during the last quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD increased its stake in shares of Total System Services by 2.0% in the third quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 312,716 shares of the company’s stock worth $14,745,000 after buying an additional 6,245 shares during the last quarter. Credit Suisse AG increased its stake in shares of Total System Services by 26.4% in the third quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 342,282 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,137,000 after buying an additional 71,473 shares during the last quarter. Cetera Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Total System Services by 2.8% in the third quarter. Cetera Advisors LLC now owns 4,421 shares of the company’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 121 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mackenzie Financial Corp increased its stake in shares of Total System Services by 0.8% in the third quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 15,543 shares of the company’s stock worth $733,000 after buying an additional 126 shares during the last quarter. 71.33% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Total System Services (NYSE:TSS) opened at 50.32 on Friday. Total System Services has a one year low of $37.47 and a one year high of $56.69. The company has a market cap of $9.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.24 and a beta of 1.06. The company’s 50 day moving average is $48.30 and its 200 day moving average is $50.66.

Total System Services (NYSE:TSS) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.71. Total System Services had a net margin of 9.67% and a return on equity of 23.57%. The company had revenue of $1.15 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.16 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.78 EPS. Total System Services’s quarterly revenue was up 62.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Total System Services will post $2.81 earnings per share for the current year.

Total System Services Company Profile

Total System Services, Inc (TSYS) is a payment solutions provider that provides services to financial and nonfinancial institutions. The Company’s segments include North America Services, Merchant Services, NetSpend and International Services. The Company also provides processing services, acquiring solutions, related systems and integrated support services to merchant acquirers and merchants.

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