Media headlines about First Data (NYSE:FDC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Data earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.8320088227785 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of First Data (NYSE:FDC) traded down $0.82 on Tuesday, reaching $15.50. 15,257,571 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 7,480,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.58. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,310.00 and a PE ratio of 10.00. First Data has a one year low of $14.67 and a one year high of $19.23.

First Data (NYSE:FDC) last announced its earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The business services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.44. The company had revenue of $3.15 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.11 billion. First Data had a net margin of 5.99% and a return on equity of 26.60%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.39 earnings per share. research analysts predict that First Data will post 1.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

FDC has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $22.00 price objective on shares of First Data in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Data from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Nomura reduced their price objective on shares of First Data from $17.00 to $16.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Bank of America upgraded shares of First Data from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of First Data from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price objective for the company from $19.00 to $21.50 in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $20.13.

In other news, insider Andrew Gelb sold 7,473 shares of First Data stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.12, for a total transaction 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 legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Over the last quarter, insiders have bought 300 shares of company stock valued at $5,124. Insiders own 6.30% of the company’s stock.

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First Data Company Profile

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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