First Data stock: buy or sell?

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

Updated on:
August 2nd, 2019


After marking all time highs on August, First Data remained steady 0.00% on August to $31.69. August was the 5th climbing session in a row, gaining 0.00%. On July FDC boosted an extraordinary 8.02%.

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

Should I buy First Data stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick 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.

These 2 buy setups work 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?

Financial institutions and banks post stock ratings everyday. At, we detected 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 remained steady 0.00% on August to $31.69 after reaching all time highs on August.

After climbing to all-time highs several times in past weeks, First Data remained constant 0.00% to $31.69. On April, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 23.60%. FDC shows a strong short term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom on July, 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. On August, FDC hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on August tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

FDC stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting an extraordinary 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 third green week in a row.

Weekly chart tells us that price finally broke over the resistance at $26.68 and continued climbing. It touched new all-time highs back again this week, peaking to $31.69. By mid April, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 24.42%. Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up by mid January, FDC climbed $14.41 (83.39%).

FDC stock chart (weekly)

First Data stock price history

First Data IPO was on October 15th, 2015 at $16.39 per share1. Since then, FDC stock surged a 93.30%, with a yearly average of 31.10%. If you had invested right after FDC's IPO a $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 with a price of $31.69.

First Data stock price target is $22.30

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable 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 predictions for FDC stock posted in the last month:
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%
The price prediction for First Data stock is $22.30, moving in a range between $25.00 and $20.00. In average, analysts' outlook on FDC price forecast is negative, downsizing the prediction 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 were expecting $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 sales report draw a bloodcurdling correction of -21.19% to $9,498.00 million USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, on the other hand, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) decreased a -1.57% to 10.58%.

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 posted $2,399.00 M in revenues 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 sales to same quarter last year, First Data sales marked a dreadful 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 have a look its ownership structure.

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

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

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

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We picked as the bechmarking frame for First Data stock.
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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