INSIDERS Like Or Don’t Like Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE)?

Here’s how investors should make decisions about buying, holding or selling Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) stock. On Wednesday, shares of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) closed higher after an active session. The shares accumulated 0.93 points or 1.27 percent at $74.05 with a heavy trade volume of 3.457 million shares. After opening the session at $73.18, the shares went as high as $74.28 and as low as $73.09, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $42.8 billion and now has 577.52 million shares outstanding. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) stock has lost -1.95 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

ICE stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 0.51, 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 $3.42 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has fallen -1.7 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -2.14 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -10.41 percent away from its 1-year high of $82.65 and 9.38 percent up from 52-week low of $67.70. 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.

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) will probably climb 15.17 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $95-month high price target. This represents a whopping 28.29 percent increase from where shares are trading today. The 12-month median price target assigned by the analysts stands at $86, which represents a return potential of 16.14 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $74.05 on Wednesday, March 13. The lowest price target for the stock is $79 — slightly more than 6.68 percent from ICE’s current share price.

History has shown that shares in Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. have gone up on 20 different earnings reaction days and are predicted to add 0.02 percent when the company reports upcoming earnings. Investors will get their next glimpse of ICE’s Q1 earnings on May 02. Analysts are forecasting revenue to climb 3.9 percent to $1.27B in the fiscal first quarter, while earnings are seen soaring by nearly 0 percent to $0.9 per share. It earned $0.94 per share, better than the $0.92, adjusted, expected by Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Revenue was $1.31B, better than the $1.3B analysts expected. Earnings are estimated to increase by 15.3 percent this year, 11.52 percent next year and continue to increase by 8.67 percent annually for the next 5 years.

The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $73.33. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $72.62. Till the time, the ICE stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear. On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 46.08 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $72.62 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $74.52 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $75 level.

Shares of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) are trading at a P/E ratio of 25.52 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry ICE operates in has an average P/E of 27.55. Its P/E ratio went as low as 16.47X and as high as 58.45 over the 5-year span.Further, it is sporting a 8.59 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 11.05.