What The Sell/Buy Ratio Is Telling About First Data Corporation (FDC)?

At First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC), the ratio of insider selling to insider buying over a quarter is running at 0.9. Could this be a sign something is cheering insiders? FDC recorded 23 sales count on the open market in the last three months. They sold nearly 1,281,351 shares while purchases amounted to 1,419,838 shares that period. Looking even further back to 12 months, corporate insiders offloaded 3,398,568 shares when buyers snapped up 4,115,641 shares. The 12-month’s totals signify about a 0.83-to-1 sell/buy ratio.

Armine-Klein Cynthia A parted with a total of 99.51 thousand shares of First Data Corporation (FDC) at average share price of $19. This insider trade in the company took place on 11/29/2018. The total for the sales was set at $1.89 million. After this transaction, the account balance stood at 585.86 thousand shares. The stock lost -9.05 percent since that insider sale. On 11/08/2018, Mccarthy Barry C,, sold 113.52 thousand shares at a price per share of $19.13. This removed 2.17 million shares from the insider’s fortune and the stock saw a -9.67 percent retreat in value since the news became public. This transaction left 333.57 thousand shares in the account.

On 09/17/2018, Director Nevels James E performed a purchase transaction worth $2.49 thousand. This purchase at $26.52 each has added 0.09 thousand shares into the insider’s portfolio position. Meanwhile, shares have recorded -34.84 percent decrease since the transaction was reported. The insider now is left with 29.02 thousand shares remaining in the account. Mccarthy Barry C, who performs the job, sold 151.2 thousand shares for $3.9 million. The disposal occurred on 09/14/2018 was priced at $25.78 per share. The share price plunged -32.97 percent since the reporting date. Mccarthy Barry C now left with a stake of 333.57 thousand FDC stock worth $5.76 million after the insider selling.

The 12-month median price target for First Data Corporation (FDC) assigned by the analysts stands at $26, which represents a return potential of 50.46 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $17.28 on Friday, January 11. The lowest price target for the stock is $19 — slightly more than 9.95 percent from FDC’s current share price. The stock will probably climb 49.42 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $35-month high price target. This represents a whopping 102.55 percent increase from where shares are trading today.

On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 50.02 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $16.85 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $17.48 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $17.67 level. The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $17.07. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $16.85. Till the time, the FDC stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear.

Shares of First Data Corporation (FDC) are trading at a P/E ratio of 30.86 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry FDC operates in has an average P/E of 19.65. Its P/E ratio went as low as 31.12X and as high as 31.12 over the 5-year span. Further, it is sporting a 1.6 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 1132.5. 54.4 percent is the gross profit margin for First Data Corporation and operating margin sits at 18.1 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 17.5 percent.

On 11th of January, First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) shares ended lower after a volatile session. The shares dropped -0.27 points or -1.54 percent at $17.28 with a light trade volume of 6.89 million shares. After opening the session at $17.43, the shares went as high as $17.46 and as low as $17.05, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $16.4 billion and now has 951.15 million shares outstanding. First Data Corporation (FDC) stock has lost -1.2 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

FDC stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 0, offering the possibility of a lower rate of return, but also posing less risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $1.51 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has surged 2.19 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -1.93 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -35.09 percent away from its 1-year high of $26.62 and 17.29 percent up from 52-week low of $14.73. The average consensus rating on the company is 1.8, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a buy.