GPN stock: buy or sell?

GPN stock price: $144.96 -5.17% At close on March 27th, 2020

Updated on:
March 27th, 2020


Global Payments plummed a chilling -5.17% and closed at $144.96. On Tuesday GPN boosted an exceptional 17.81%.

Global Payments Inc. provides payment technology and software solutions for credit cards, debit cards, electronic payments, and check-related services.

Should I buy GPN 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. Following a trading strategy helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Global Payments stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Global Payments stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for GPN stock for the last 30 days.

GPN stock analysis

Daily outlook

Global Payments shares plummed -5.17% to $144.96 yesterday.

Global Payments plummed a chilling -5.17% and closed at $144.96. Since last March 16th when GPN stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-28.03 per share (-16.20%). On Feb/20, GPN hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $209.38 recorded on February 19th. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

GPN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After sliding for 4 weeks, this week Global Payments skyrocketed an extraordinary 21.82%, closing at $144.96. Last week GPN plunged a scary -45.37% in just one week. This week broke a red streak of 4 weeks.

Once Global Payments stock failed to resist above the support, it inevitably slid deeper. Not so far away is the last price record Global Payments marked by mid February, but since then it dropped a 30.77%. Since last week, when GPN stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-28.03 per share (-16.20%). Trading stocks that are below the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average mark is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support.

GPN stock chart (weekly)

GPN stock price history

GPN stock went public on January 16th, 2001 with a price of $3.341. Since then, GPN stock surged a 4,240.10%, with a yearly average of 223.20%. If you had invested $1,000 in GPN stock in 2001, it would worth $42,401.00 today.

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

GPN stock historical price chart

GPN stock reached all-time highs on February/20 with a price of $209.38.

GPN stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we have not found any price prediction for Global Payments stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

, Global Payments reported its latest financial data, posting a good gain for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Experts expected $1.25 per share, but Global Payments posted $1.33.
GPN earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Global Payments annual turnover plunged a scary -15.31% to $3,366.37 million USD from $3,975.16 marked in 2017. In contrary, its profit margin (compared to sales) stepped up to 13.43%, that is $452.05 million.

GPN annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$2,380 M-$216 M9.1%-
2014$2,550 M7.14%$245 M9.6%13.49%
2015$2,774 M8.77%$278 M10.0%13.35%
2015$2,770 M-0.13%$278 M10.0%0.00%
2016$2,898 M4.63%$272 M9.4%-2.29%
2016$2,203 M-23.99%$125 M5.7%-54.01%
2017$3,975 M80.45%$468 M11.8%274.95%
2018$3,366 M-15.31%$452 M13.4%-3.50%

Quarterly financial results

Global Payments reported $880.56 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 2.67% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $75.22 million with a profit margin of 8.54%. Profit margin plunged a -12.02% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 20.56%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Global Payments sales marked a bloodcurdling loss and collapsed a -16.48%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Global Payments posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
GPN quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$962 M-$67 M7.0%-
2017-Q3$1,039 M7.97%$111 M10.7%65.51%
2017-Q4$1,054 M1.48%$242 M23.0%118.50%
2018-Q1$795 M-24.59%$91 M11.5%-62.23%
2018-Q2$833 M4.80%$109 M13.1%19.33%
2018-Q3$858 M2.94%$176 M20.6%61.70%
2018-Q4$881 M2.67%$75 M8.5%-57.35%
2019-Q1$883 M0.28%$112 M12.7%49.36%

Global Payments ownership

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

Global Payments shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.57% of all shares.

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

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Global Payments:

Market cap$43.5 B
Total shares300.1 M
Float shares297.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)92.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.6%
Shares in short selling0.0%

GPN summary

Friday, March 27th, 2020
Day range$143.15 - $150.48
Previous close$152.87
Session gain-5.17%
Average true range$18.51
50d mov avg$182.64
100d mov avg$181.15
200d mov avg$171.60
Daily patternlt03a
Weekly pattern lt06c

Global Payments performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We compared Global Payments against in the following table:
GPNGlobal Payments-20.65%-7.37%6.43%

Global Payments competitors

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

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