Media coverage about First Data (NYSE:FDC) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Data earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.8178063780756 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- First Data (FDC) Raised to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Short Interest in First Data Corp (FDC) Grows By 7.0% (americanbankingnews.com)
- First Data (FDC) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Piper Jaffray (americanbankingnews.com)
- First Data Corp (FDC) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $1.85 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)
- First Data (FDC) Cut to Buy at BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
FDC has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Bank of America upgraded First Data from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Piper Jaffray reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of First Data in a report on Thursday, January 18th. ValuEngine lowered First Data from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $17.00 target price on shares of First Data in a research report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, BTIG Research reissued a “buy” rating on shares of First Data in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-two have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $20.40.
First Data (NYSE:FDC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The business services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44. First Data had a return on equity of 24.96% and a net margin of 12.16%. The firm had revenue of $3.15 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.11 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.39 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that First Data will post 1.2 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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First Data Company Profile
First Data Corporation provides electronic commerce solutions for merchants, financial institutions, and card issuers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Global Business Solutions (GBS), Global Financial Solutions (GFS), and Network & Security Solutions (NSS). The GBS segment offers retail point-of-sale merchant acquiring and e-commerce services; and mobile payment services, as well as its cloud-based Clover point-of-sale operating system, which includes a marketplace for proprietary and third-party business applications.
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