GPN stock: buy or sell?

GPN stock price: $181.72 1.16% At close on November 19th, 2019

Updated on:
November 19th, 2019


After topping to all time highs today, Global Payments grew 1.16% to $181.72. With Tuesday, it's been 5 climbing sessions in a row, gaining $9.86 or 5.73%.

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?

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 choose and when is the best time to buy them. At, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, 2 buy setups are elegible 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?

Financial institutions and banks post stock ratings everyday. At, we detected 15 ratings published for GPN stock in the last 30 days.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for GPN stock, with 13 positive ratings.
Is GPN a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-24Goldman Sachs Groupn/aBuy
2019-9-18Robert W. Bairdn/aOutperform
2019-9-10SunTrust BanksBuyPositive
2019-7-9Robert W. Bairdn/aOutperform
2019-7-31Wells Fargo & Con/aOutperform
2019-7-31Piper Jaffray Companiesn/aOverweight
2019-7-26Deutsche Bankn/aBuy
2019-6-17Bank of American/aBuy

GPN stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Global Payments ended today at $181.72 after reaching a new all time high ($181.86) and grew a fine 1.16%.

Global Payments shares grew 1.16% today and reached a new all time high at $181.86. GPN shows a sign of strength in the short-term after finally breaking out above $174.11 on October 31st and marking a new rising bottom. In the last 22 days when GPN stock price broke up the SMA100d line, it gained $20.38 (12.63%).

GPN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting a great 5.00% in a week last week, Global Payments closed this week at $181.72 and inched a slightly fine 1.39%.

GPN shows a strong mid-term uptrend with several rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last bottom late September, GPN climbed unceasignly breaking out to new all time highs. GPN touched new all-time highs back again this week, setting highs to $181.86. Since early April when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, GPN price gained $44.84 per share (32.76%). Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up early February, GPN climbed $67.98 (59.77%).

GPN stock chart (weekly)

GPN stock price history

GPN IPO was on January 16th, 2001 at $3.35 per share1. Since then, GPN stock surged a 5,324.50%, with an average of 295.80% per year. If you had invested right after GPN's IPO a $1,000 in GPN stock in 2001, it would worth $53,245.00 today.

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

GPN stock historical price chart

GPN stock reached all-time highs today with a price of $181.86.

GPN stock price target is $187.60

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. 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 15 price predictions for GPN stock:
GPN stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-5KeyCorpRaises Target$160.00$200.0025%
2019-9-24Goldman Sachs GroupInitiatesn/a$212.00-
2019-9-18Robert W. BairdRaises Target$188.00$203.008%
2019-9-10SunTrust BanksRaises Target$190.00$210.0010.5%
2019-8-6NomuraRaises Target$105.00$120.0014.3%
2019-8-5BarclaysRaises Target$180.00$195.008.3%
2019-7-9Robert W. BairdReiterates$174.00$182.004.6%
2019-7-31Wells Fargo & CoReiterates$180.00$185.002.8%
2019-7-31Piper Jaffray CompaniesReiterates$187.00$195.004.3%
2019-7-26Deutsche BankRaises Target$162.00$182.0012.3%
2019-7-19BarclaysRaises Target$165.00$180.009.1%
2019-7-15WedbushRaises Target$168.00$185.0010.1%
2019-6-17Bank of AmericaReiterates$160.00$180.0012.5%
(in average)$167.60$187.6012.0%
Moving in a range from $212.00 and $120.00, the price forecast for Global Payments stock is $187.60. In average, analysts' outlook on GPN price forecast is positive, upgrading the target by a 12.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On February, Global Payments reported its latest financial data, posting a nice growth for the Earnings per Share (EPS). Analyst 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 frightening drop down of -15.31% to $3,366.37 M dollars. Nonetheless, its earnings margin (compared to sales) raised 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 revenues for 2018-Q4, a 2.67% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $75.22 million with a profit margin of 8.54%. Profit margin collapsed 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 hair-raising slide and plunged 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 invest in shares of a stock, it's worth to check 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.

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

Market cap$54.6 B$28.5 B$8.3 B$2.2 B$84.2 B
Total shares300.6 M813.5 M54.0 M71.9 M614.6 M
Float shares298.5 M774.4 M51.9 M69.7 M611.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)102.0%88.0%104.4%85.8%92.3%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.7%5.3%4.2%16.8%0.6%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

GPN summary

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Day range$179.74 - $181.86
Previous close$179.63
Session gain1.16%
Average true range$3.60
50d mov avg$164.72
100d mov avg$164.04
200d mov avg$152.61
Daily patternlb02c
Weekly pattern lb03c

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 selected eBay, Euronet Worldwide, Evertec, Fidelity National Information Services, Fiserv, Intuit, Mastercard and Western Union as the bechmarking frame for Global Payments stock.
GPNGlobal Payments15.01%18.45%76.26%
EEFTEuronet Worldwide3.76%-2.65%38.51%
FISFidelity National...2.18%16.06%34.29%
WUWestern Union27.69%42.40%52.59%

Global Payments competitors

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