GPN stock: buy or sell?

GPN stock price: $150.52 1.33% At close on May 21st, 2019

Updated on:
May 21st, 2019


After marking all time highs on Thursday, Global Payments inched 1.33% today to $150.52.

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?

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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Global Payments stock right now:

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

Is Global Payments stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. At, we collected 14 ratings published for GPN stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for GPN stock, with 10 positive ratings.
Is GPN a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-5-7Morgan StanleyEqual WeightEqual Weight
2019-5-6JPMorgan Chase & Co.n/aOverweight
2019-5-3SunTrust BanksBuyPositive
2019-4-16SunTrust Banksn/aBuy
2019-3-21Atlantic SecuritiesOverweightNeutral
2019-2-28Jefferies Financial GroupBuyBuy
2019-1-8Goldman Sachs GroupNeutralBuy

GPN stock analysis

Daily outlook

Global Payments inched 1.33% today to $150.52 after reaching all time highs on Thursday.

After several days of continuous hikes in past weeks, Global Payments inched 1.33% to $150.52. On April 15th, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 8.18%. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed up on February, GPN climbed $37.53 (33.22%). On Thursday, GPN hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $149.06 recorded on Wednesday. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

GPN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Global Payments shares raised 0.47% this week, ending at $150.52. With this, it's been 5 climbing weeks in a row, soaring a 7.80%.

Global Payments stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Not so far away is the last price record Global Payments marked last week. Early April, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 9.95%. Early February GPN price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides.

GPN stock chart (weekly)

GPN stock price history

GPN stock went public on January 16th, 2001 with a price of $3.351. Since then, GPN stock grew a 4,393.10%, with an average of 244.10% per year. If you had invested right after GPN's IPO a $1,000 in GPN stock in 2001, it would worth $43,931.00 today.

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

GPN stock historical price chart

GPN stock reached all-time highs on Thursday with a price of $152.24.

GPN stock price target is $142.60

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. 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 13 price targets for GPN stock:
GPN stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-5-7Morgan StanleyRaises Target$128.00$137.007%
2019-5-6JPMorgan Chase & Co.Raises Target$140.00$151.007.9%
2019-5-3SunTrust BanksRaises Targetn/a$175.00-
2019-4-30KeyCorpRaises Target$135.00$155.0014.8%
2019-4-16SunTrust BanksRaises Targetn/a$155.00-
2019-2-28Jefferies Financial GroupInitiatesn/a$150.00-
2019-2-19BarclaysRaises Target$133.00$145.009%
2019-2-14KeyCorpRaises Target$130.00$135.003.8%
2019-2-11NomuraRaises Target$91.00$94.003.3%
2019-1-8Goldman Sachs GroupUpgrades$122.00$128.004.9%
(in average)$128.40$142.6011.0%
Moving in a range from $175.00 and $94.00, the price forecast for GPN stock is $142.60. In average, analysts' outlook on GPN price target is positive, improving the prediction by a 11.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, Global Payments presented its financial report, posting a fine climb for the Earnings per Share (EPS). Experts were expecting $1.25 per share, but Global Payments posted $1.33.
GPN earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a spooky loss of -15.31% to $3,366.37 million USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) gained a 1.64% to 13.43%.

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 million in sales for 2018-Q4, a 2.67% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $75.22 million with a profit margin of 8.54%. Profit margin plummed a -12.02% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 20.56%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Global Payments sales marked a chilling slide and plunged a -16.48%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Global Payments posted 3 negative 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 invest in shares of a stock, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

Global Payments shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.71% of all shares.

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

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

Market cap$23.7 B$31.9 B$7.9 B$38.3 B$34.2 B
Total shares157.2 M871.5 M52.0 M323.6 M392.4 M
Float shares156.3 M823.3 M49.8 M321.5 M391.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)102.0%88.0%104.4%92.3%91.1%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.7%5.3%4.2%0.6%0.3%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

GPN summary

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Day range$149.64 - $150.93
Previous close$148.54
Session gain1.33%
Average true range$3.32
50d mov avg$140.32
100d mov avg$128.53
200d mov avg$122.03
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

Global Payments performance

To better understand Global Payments performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. We selected eBay, Euronet Worldwide, Fidelity National Information Services, Fiserv, Intuit, Mastercard, Total System Services and Western Union as the bechmarking frame for Global Payments stock.
GPNGlobal Payments17.85%45.98%34.79%
EEFTEuronet Worldwide13.47%36.58%86.00%
FISFidelity National...10.85%15.30%15.76%
TSSTotal System Serv...7.39%21.99%17.46%
WUWestern Union9.01%6.42%0.10%

Global Payments competitors

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