TSS stock: buy or sell?

TSS stock price: $127.45 -2.74% At close on August 23rd, 2019

Updated on:
August 23rd, 2019


Shares of Total System Services closed today at $127.45 and eased a godawful -2.74%.

Total System Services, Inc. provides payment processing, merchant, and related payment services to financial and nonfinancial institutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and internationally.

Should I buy TSS stock?

Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Having a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, 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 Total System Services 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 Total System Services stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 10 ratings published for TSS stock in the last 30 days.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for TSS stock, with 8 positive ratings.
Is TSS a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-4-17Goldman Sachs GroupNeutralBuy
2019-3-29Robert W. BairdOutperformOutperform
2019-1-30Royal Bank of CanadaOutperformIn-Line
2019-1-24Bank of AmericaUnderperformNeutral

TSS stock analysis

Daily outlook

Total System Services shares eased -2.74% to $127.45 today.

Shares of Total System Services closed today at $127.45 and eased a godawful -2.74%. On May, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 29.79%. From a daily perspective, TSS is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($124.09, on Aug/14) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($131.94, yesterday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top TSS might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $131.94 or down under $124.09. In this session, Total System Services stock crossed down the SMA50d line. If you are using SMA50d line as stop loss trigger, double check your position in this stock. On Jul 29th, TSS hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on July 26th tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

TSS stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Total System Services remained constant a tight 0.08% this week.

Price pattern shows an uptrend with two rising tops and bottoms, and now trading upwards to the $138.66 resistance. Not so far away is the last price record Total System Services marked late July. Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up early May, TSS price climbed $25.47 per share (24.98%). Since late January when TSS stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $39.35 (44.67%).

TSS stock chart (weekly)

TSS stock price history

TSS IPO was on August 10th, 1983 at $0.14 per share1. Since then, TSS stock surged a 90,935.70%, with a yearly average of 2,526.00%. If you had invested right after TSS's IPO a $1,000 in TSS stock in 1983, it would worth $909,357.00 today.

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

TSS stock historical price chart

TSS stock reached all-time highs on Jul 29th with a price of $138.66.

TSS stock price target is $115.10

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. You should not follow the analysts' TSS stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We detected 9 price targets for Total System Services stock posted in the last month:
TSS stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-8-5BarclaysRaises Target$146.00$158.008.2%
2019-7-19BarclaysRaises Target$113.00$146.0029.2%
2019-4-24KeyCorpRaises Target$95.00$106.0011.6%
2019-4-17Goldman Sachs GroupUpgradesn/a$115.00-
2019-3-29Robert W. BairdRaises Target$98.00$110.0012.2%
2019-1-30Royal Bank of CanadaRaises Targetn/a$110.00-
(in average)$106.70$115.108.0%
The price prediction for Total System Services stock is $115.10, moving in a range between $158.00 and $90.00. In average, analysts' outlook on TSS price forecast is positive, upgrading the target by a 8.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on April, Total System Services skyrocketed an extraordinary 26.61%. As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this report.
TSS earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a hair-raising decrease of -18.26% to $4,028.21 M dollars. Improving that, its profit margin (compared to sales) inched to 14.32%, that is $576.66 million.

Total System Services fiscal year ends in December, and to evaluate its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Total System Services TTM sales up to March 2019 were $4,075.57 and income $596.42 million USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Total System Services business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, appreciated a slightly good 1.18%. Regarding profit margin, Total System Services stayed stable 0.32% to 14.32%

TSS annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$2,130 M-$243 M11.4%-
2014$2,447 M14.88%$323 M13.2%32.78%
2015$2,780 M13.60%$364 M13.1%12.75%
2016$4,170 M50.03%$320 M7.7%-12.20%
2017$4,928 M18.17%$586 M11.9%83.39%
2018$4,028 M-18.26%$577 M14.3%-1.63%
TTM $4,076 M1.18%$596 M14.6%3.43%

Quarterly financial results

Total System Services reported $1,034.53 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 1.61% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $161.61 M with a profit margin of 15.62%. Profit margin grew a 2.22% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 13.40%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Total System Services sales marked a good growth and gained a 4.80%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Total System Services posted 4 negative quarters in a row.
TSS quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$1,220 M-$115 M9.4%-
2017-Q3$1,250 M2.46%$123 M9.8%7.06%
2017-Q4$1,273 M1.86%$242 M19.0%97.14%
2018-Q1$987 M-22.47%$142 M14.4%-41.44%
2018-Q2$1,008 M2.07%$142 M14.1%0.42%
2018-Q3$1,015 M0.77%$156 M15.4%9.50%
2018-Q4$1,018 M0.27%$136 M13.4%-12.53%
2019-Q1$1,035 M1.61%$162 M15.6%18.46%

Total System Services ownership

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

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Total System Services, 1.64% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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

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

Market cap$22.6 B$3.3 B$45.7 B$44.3 B$1.7 B
Total shares176.9 M110.6 M331.0 M409.4 M53.2 M
Float shares174.3 M113.4 M610.5 M327.5 M47.7 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)82.7%103.3%92.3%91.1%89.9%
  - Insider holdings (%)1.6%2.1%0.6%0.3%7.8%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

TSS summary

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Day range$127.05 - $131.85
Previous close$131.04
Session gain-2.74%
Average true range$3.29
50d mov avg$130.21
100d mov avg$118.28
200d mov avg$103.31
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern lb02a

Total System Services performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Total System Services to ACI Worldwide, Fidelity National Information Services, Fiserv, Green Dot, Global Payments, Mastercard, Moneygram International and Visa:
TSSTotal System Serv...12.46%36.22%32.62%
ACIWACI Worldwide-8.15%-7.05%3.37%
FISFidelity National...16.53%29.63%28.27%
GDOTGreen Dot-35.65%-53.44%-63.31%
GPNGlobal Payments5.76%27.06%32.89%
MGIMoneygram Interna...109.30%36.36%-41.08%

Total System Services competitors

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