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 closed on September at $133.27 and slightly fell a disappointing -0.96%. With September it's been 3 sliding days in a row, loosing $-2.57 (-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?

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Currently, Total System Services stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

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?

Financial institutions and banks post stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we detected 6 ratings published for TSS stock in the last 30 days.

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

Total System Services ended on September at $133.27 and slightly fell a disappointing -0.96%.

Shares of Total System Services ended on September at $133.27 and slightly fell a disappointing -0.96%. From a daily outlook perspective, TSS is drawing an uptrend of rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last top on September at $142.16, price slid and bounced up back from $131.88. Breaking down under $131.88 would cancel the current uptrend and it might slide further to test lower supports. Note that $142.16 might act as a resistance line. Trading the long side, we should wait to a new breakout over $142.16 to find the next buy point. On May, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 35.85%. 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 a new all time high, pushing higher than on September tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

TSS stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Total System Services shares declined -1.63% by mid September, ending at $133.27. Late August TSS boosted a brilliant 5.04% in just one week.

Total System Services 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 all-time high Total System Services marked early September. Early May, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 30.81%. Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up late January, TSS climbed $45.26 (51.43%).

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 95,092.90%, with an average of 2,641.50% per year. If you had invested right after TSS's IPO a $1,000 in TSS stock in 1983, it would worth $950,929.00 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 $142.16.

TSS stock price target is $123.50

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. We detected 6 price predictions for TSS stock released 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%
(in average)$109.40$123.5013.0%
The price forecast for Total System Services stock is $123.50, moving in a range between $158.00 and $106.00. In average, analysts' outlook on TSS price target is positive, improving the prediction by a 13.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on April, Total System Services . 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 dreadful slide of -18.26% to $4,028.21 M USD. However, its profit margin (compared to sales) raised to 14.32%, that is $576.66 million.

To have an updated view of the financial situation of Total System Services, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual Total System Services TTM sales up to March 2019 were $4,075.57 and income was $596.42 M USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review Total System Services business evolution since December 2018: Annual revenues up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a tiny 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 posted $1,034.53 M in sales for 2019-Q1, a 1.61% up 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 sales to same quarter last year, Total System Services sales marked a fine gain and inched a 4.80%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Total System Services posted 4 positive 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 invest in shares of a company, it's worth to check 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$3.41
50d mov avg$132.03
100d mov avg$123.95
200d mov avg$107.01
Daily patternlb03a
Weekly pattern lt06a

Total System Services performance

To better understand Total System Services performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. For Total System Services, the comparison is made against .
TSSTotal System Serv...3.47%43.09%36.87%

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.