TSS stock: buy or sell?

TSS stock price: $133.27 -0.96% At close on September 17th, 2019

Updated on:
September 17th, 2019


Total System Services depreciated a lame -0.96% and closed at $133.27. September was the third red session in a row, sliding in full a -1.92%.

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. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best moment to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Total System Services stock situation right now, therefore 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 doesn't mean TSS will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Total System Services stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we collected 6 ratings published for TSS stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for TSS stock, with 6 positive ratings.
Is TSS a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-4-17Goldman Sachs GroupNeutralBuy
2019-3-29Robert W. BairdOutperformOutperform

TSS stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Total System Services closed on September at $133.27 and depreciated a lame -0.96%.

Total System Services shares depreciated -0.96% to $133.27 on September. From a daily outlook perspective, TSS is drawing an uptrend of rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last top on September at $142.30, price slid and bounced up back from $132.01. Breaking down under $132.01 would cancel the current uptrend and it might slide further to test lower supports. Note that $142.30 might act as a resistance line. Trading the long side, we should wait to a new breakout over $142.30 to find the next buy point. Since last May when SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up, TSS price gained $34.18 per share (34.49%). On August TSS price bounced up over the SMA of 50 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. On September, TSS hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $141.93 recorded on September. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

TSS stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Total System Services slightly fell a disappointing -1.63% this week. Late August TSS rocketed an impressive 5.04% in just one week.

In a weekly time frame, Total System Services stock is drawing an uptrend with rising tops and bottoms. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top, TSS might consolidate in a flat-base, waiting to break out over or down under . Not so far away is the last all-time high Total System Services marked early September. Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up early May, TSS price climbed $31.19 per share (30.55%). Since late January when TSS stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $44.96 (50.91%).

TSS stock chart (weekly)

TSS stock price history

TSS stock went public on August 10th, 1983 with a price of $0.291. Since then, TSS stock grew a 45,855.20%, with a yearly average of 1,273.80%. If you had invested $1,000 in TSS stock in 1983, it would worth $458,552.00 today.

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

TSS stock historical price chart

TSS stock reached all-time highs on September with a price of $142.30.

TSS stock price target is $123.50

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. 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 found 6 price targets for TSS stock:
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%
(in average)$109.40$123.5013.0%
Moving in a range from $158.00 and $106.00, the price target for Total System Services stock is $123.50. In average, analysts' outlook on TSS price forecast is positive, increasing the forecast by a 13.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since April, when Total System Services published its last earnings report, it . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
TSS earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a frightening decrease of -18.26% to $4,028.21 million USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, on the other hand, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) raised a 2.42% to 14.32%.

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 earnings $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 turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a tiny 1.18%. In the same way, profit margin (net income/sales) stayed steady at 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 posted $1,034.53 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 1.61% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $161.61 M with a profit margin of 15.62%. Profit margin appreciated 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 nice gain and stepped up 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 a stock, it's always worth to review 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, of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Total System Services:

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%

TSS summary

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Day range$131.23 - $138.94
Previous close$134.56
Session gain-0.96%
Average true range$3.40
50d mov avg$132.15
100d mov avg$124.11
200d mov avg$107.23
Daily patternlb03a
Weekly pattern lt06a

Total System Services performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. In the following table, we compare Total System Services performance to :
TSSTotal System Serv...3.37%42.79%36.20%

Total System Services competitors

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