ADP stock: buy or sell?

ADP stock price: $159.30 -0.03% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019


Shares of Automatic Data Processing ended today at $159.30 and remained stable a neutral -0.03%.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. provides business process outsourcing services worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Employer Services and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Services.

Should I buy ADP stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best moment to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Automatic Data Processing stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean ADP will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Automatic Data Processing stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we collected 8 ratings published for ADP stock in the last month.

Is ADP a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-11Bank of AmericaBuyNeutral
2019-8-15Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-8-1Robert W. Bairdn/aNeutral
2019-8-1JPMorgan Chase & Co.n/aNeutral

ADP stock analysis

Daily outlook

Automatic Data Processing ended today at $159.30 and remained steady a neutral -0.03%.

Automatic Data Processing closed today at $159.30 and remained steady a neutral -0.03%. Since price and SMA100d lines crossed down on September 10th, ADP fell $-7.93 per share (-4.74%). On Sep/6, ADP hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $172.69 recorded on Sep 5th. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

ADP stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After sliding a spooky -7.93% in a week last week, Automatic Data Processing closed this week at $159.30 and stayed steady a neutral -0.28%.

Not so far away is the last all-time high Automatic Data Processing marked early September. Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up late January, ADP climbed $24.91 (18.54%). Since late February when SMA10w and SMA20w crossed up, ADP price gained $8.39 per share (5.56%).

ADP stock chart (weekly)

ADP stock price history

ADP IPO was on March 17th, 1980 at $0.44 per share1. Since then, ADP stock surged a 36,104.50%, with an average of 925.80% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in ADP stock in 1980, it would worth $361,045.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

ADP stock historical price chart

ADP stock reached all-time highs on September/6 with a price of $173.64.

ADP stock price target is $179.40

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last 30 days we found 7 price forecasts for ADP stock:
ADP stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-5BarclaysRaises Target$180.00$190.005.6%
2019-8-15Morgan StanleyRaises Target$150.00$174.0016%
2019-8-1Robert W. BairdRaises Target$167.00$178.006.6%
2019-8-1JPMorgan Chase & Co.Raises Target$170.00$177.004.1%
2019-5-6BarclaysRaises Target$168.00$180.007.1%
2019-5-2CitigroupRaises Target$147.00$162.0010.2%
(in average)$163.70$179.4010.0%
Moving in a range from $195.00 and $162.00, the price prediction for ADP stock is $179.40. In average, analysts' outlook on ADP price target is positive, upgrading the target by a 10.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After posting its last earnings report on April, Automatic Data Processing . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this review.
ADP earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a pretty good gain of 7.64% to $13,325.80 million dollars. In contrast, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) slightly fell to 12.16%, that is $1,620.80 million.

Automatic Data Processing fiscal year ends in June, and to compare its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Automatic Data Processing TTM sales up to March 2019 were $13,995.10 and earnings $1,926.00 million dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Automatic Data Processing business evolution since June 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, jumped a good 5.02%. Regarding profit margin, Automatic Data Processing gained 1.60% to 12.16%

ADP annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$11,310 M-$1,360 M12.0%-
2014$12,210 M7.96%$1,500 M12.3%10.29%
2015$10,939 M-10.41%$1,453 M13.3%-3.17%
2016$11,668 M6.67%$1,493 M12.8%2.75%
2017$12,380 M6.10%$1,733 M14.0%16.14%
2018$13,326 M7.64%$1,621 M12.2%-6.50%
TTM $13,995 M5.02%$1,926 M13.8%18.83%

Quarterly financial results

Automatic Data Processing reported $3,847.40 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 9.74% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $753.70 M with a profit margin of 19.59%. Profit margin inched a 3.67% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 15.92%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Automatic Data Processing sales marked a beatiful increase and grew a 4.18%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Automatic Data Processing posted 3 negative quarters in a row.
ADP quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$3,060 M-$266 M8.7%-
2017-Q3$3,079 M0.61%$402 M13.0%51.05%
2017-Q4$3,235 M5.09%$468 M14.4%16.44%
2018-Q1$3,693 M14.14%$643 M17.4%37.56%
2018-Q2$3,319 M-10.14%$109 M3.3%-83.10%
2018-Q3$3,323 M0.14%$505 M15.2%364.95%
2018-Q4$3,506 M5.50%$558 M15.9%10.45%
2019-Q1$3,847 M9.74%$754 M19.6%35.02%

Automatic Data Processing ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a stock, it's always worth to have a look its ownership structure.

Automatic Data Processing shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.17% of all shares.

Bearish positions for ADP stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

Market cap$69.1 B$124.0 B$6.7 B$660.5 M$17.1 B
Total shares433.9 M637.1 M51.1 M7.5 M120.9 M
Float shares433.0 M635.9 M45.9 M6.7 M120.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)81.8%72.5%97.2%81.4%88.7%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%0.2%2.8%4.2%0.4%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

ADP summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Day range$158.75 - $160.81
Previous close$159.35
Session gain-0.03%
Average true range$3.20
50d mov avg$165.06
100d mov avg$163.35
200d mov avg$154.09
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern

Automatic Data Processing performance

To measure stock performance is always good to compare with competitors or related stocks. We picked Accenture, Alliance Data Systems, Barrett Business Services, Equifax, Fidelity National Financial, Intuit, Insperity, Paychex and TriNet as the bechmarking frame for Automatic Data Processing stock.
ADPAutomatic Data Pr...-4.80%4.58%7.92%
ADSAlliance Data Sys...-4.18%-19.81%-46.60%
BBSIBarrett Business ...7.38%19.49%40.75%
FNFFidelity National...7.96%21.39%13.92%

Automatic Data Processing competitors

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