First Data stock: buy or sell?

FDC stock price: $31.69 0.00% At close on August 2nd, 2019

Updated on:
August 2nd, 2019


First Data shares set new all time highs back again on Aug/2, setting highs to $31.69. Shares ended at $31.69 and stayed stable 0.00%. Aug 2nd was the 5th climbing day in a row, marking 0.00%. On July 26th FDC climbed a dazzling 8.02%.

First Data Corporation provides electronic commerce solutions for merchants, financial institutions, and card issuers worldwide.

Should I buy First Data stock?

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These 2 buy setups are elegible for First Data stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is First Data stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we collected 15 ratings published for FDC stock in the last 30 days.

Is FDC a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-2-7Susquehanna BancsharesPositiveNeutral
2019-2-7Cantor Fitzgeraldn/aNeutral
2019-2-7BTIG ResearchBuyNeutral
2019-2-6Piper Jaffray CompaniesOverweightNeutral
2019-2-5Raymond JamesOutperformMarket Perform
2019-1-7SunTrust Banksn/aBuy
2019-1-3StephensOverweightEqual Weight
2019-1-29SunTrust BanksBuyHold
2019-1-25Tigress FinancialBuyNeutral
2019-1-22Buckingham ResearchBuyNeutral
2019-1-22BarclaysOverweightEqual Weight

First Data stock analysis

Daily outlook

First Data shares reached new all time highs back again on August/2, setting highs to $31.69. Shares closed at $31.69 and stayed constant 0.00%.

After marking all time highs on August/2, First Data stayed steady 0.00% on Aug/2 to $31.69. Since April when SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up, FDC price gained $6.05 per share (23.60%). FDC shows a strong short term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom on Jul/24, FDC climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs. On June FDC price bounced up over the SMA of 100 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock.

FDC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting an astounding 9.21% in a week late July, First Data closed this week at $31.69 and stayed steady a neutral 0.00%. Late July was the 3rd green week in a row.

Price finally broke over the resistance at $26.68 and continued climbing. FDC touched new all-time highs back again this week, topping to $31.69. By mid April, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 24.42%. Since mid January when FDC stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $14.41 (83.39%).

FDC stock chart (weekly)

First Data stock price history

First Data stock went public on October 15th, 2015 with a price of $16.391. Since then, FDC stock surged a 93.30%, with a yearly average of 31.10%. If you had invested $1,000 in First Data stock in 2015, it would worth $933.00 today.

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

First Data stock historical price chart

FDC stock reached all-time highs on August 2nd with a price of $31.69.

First Data stock price target is $22.30

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. You should not follow the analysts' FDC stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We have 7 price targets for FDC stock released in the last 30 days:
FDC stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-2-7Susquehanna BancsharesReiterates$29.00$25.00-13.8%
2019-2-7Cantor FitzgeraldRaises Targetn/a$25.00-
2019-1-2KeyCorpLowers Target$25.00$20.00-20%
(in average)$24.80$22.30-10.0%
Moving in a range from $25.00 and $20.00, the price prediction for FDC stock is $22.30. In average, analysts' outlook on FDC price forecast is negative, reducing the forecast by a -10.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, First Data reported its latest financial data, posting a good growth for the Earnings per Share (EPS). Analyst expected $0.32 per share, but First Data posted $0.34.
FDC earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a bloodcurdling drop down of -21.19% to $9,498.00 million USD. Slightly better, its income margin (compared to revenues) declined to 10.58%, that is $1,005.00 million.

FDC annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$10,810 M-$-869.10 M-8.0%-
2014$11,152 M3.16%$-457.80 M-4.1%-47.32%
2015$11,451 M2.68%$-1,481.00 M-12.9%223.50%
2016$11,584 M1.16%$420 M3.6%-128.36%
2017$12,052 M4.04%$1,465 M12.2%248.81%
2018$9,498 M-21.19%$1,005 M10.6%-31.40%

Quarterly financial results

First Data reported $2,399.00 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 1.27% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $162.00 M with a profit margin of 6.75%. Profit margin plummed a -10.17% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 16.93%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, First Data sales marked a hair-raising slide and plunged a -23.84%.
FDC quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$3,030 M-$185 M6.1%-
2017-Q3$3,076 M1.52%$296 M9.6%60.00%
2017-Q4$3,150 M2.41%$948 M30.1%220.27%
2018-Q1$2,282 M-27.56%$101 M4.4%-89.35%
2018-Q2$2,448 M7.27%$341 M13.9%237.62%
2018-Q3$2,369 M-3.23%$401 M16.9%17.60%
2018-Q4$2,399 M1.27%$162 M6.8%-59.60%
2019-Q1$2,316 M-3.46%$169 M7.3%4.32%

First Data ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For First Data, of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$0.0 M
Total shares0.0 M
Float shares0.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)0.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.0%
Shares in short selling0.0%

First Data summary

Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Day range$29.91 - $31.69
Previous close$31.69
Session gain0.00%
Average true range$1.20
50d mov avg$27.69
100d mov avg$26.70
200d mov avg$23.77
Daily patternlb03c
Weekly pattern lb01c

First Data performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. In the following table, we compare First Data performance to :
FDCFirst Data22.97%28.56%32.37%

First Data competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as First Data competitor. This doesn't mean First Data does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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