First Data (FDC) Releases FY18 Earnings Guidance
First Data (NYSE:FDC) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Monday. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $1.35-1.40 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.50.
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $17.00 price objective on shares of First Data in a report on Monday. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Data from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. KeyCorp reiterated a buy rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of First Data in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a buy rating and set a $26.00 target price on shares of First Data in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded First Data from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $20.11.
Shares of First Data (FDC) opened at $16.32 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,618.47, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.56, a P/E/G ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.46. First Data has a 52-week low of $14.67 and a 52-week high of $19.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.58, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 1.02.
In related news, insider Andrew Gelb sold 7,473 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.12, for a total value of $127,937.76. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 417,652 shares in the company, valued at $7,150,202.24. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Over the last 90 days, insiders purchased 300 shares of company stock valued at $5,124. 6.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
About First Data
First Data Corporation is a provider of commerce-enabling technology and solutions for merchants, financial institutions and card issuers. The Company’s segments are Global Business Solutions (GBS), Global Financial Solutions (GFS), Network & Security Solutions (NSS), and Corporate. The GBS segment provides businesses of all sizes and types with a range of solutions at the point of sale, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, mobile commerce, point-of-sale, and other business solutions.
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