First Data Corporation (FDC): What’s the Story?

First Data Corporation (FDC) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Business Services. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $15.60, down from yesterday’s close by -0.32%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

First Data Corporation (FDC) currently trades with a market capitalization of $14.02 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 7.03 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $1.38 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.27 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 2.04% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, First Data Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $19.23. It is now trading 3.63% off that level. The stock is trading $16.63 its 50-day moving average by 1.03%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $14.67.

In recent action, First Data Corporation (FDC) has made a move of -4.41% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 16.68, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 98.66% with $23.93 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of FDC.

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