Earnings from Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] are scheduled on April 28, 2021, before the market opens. It is expected that the company will report weak earnings for the quarter ending Mar 2021.
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ADP Stock Earnings Outlook For The Current Quarter
The consensus estimates for the quarter suggest that the company would earn $1.82 per share on revenue of $4.08B. Taking a look at the future, the company is projected to report revenue of $3.64B at an earnings per share of $1.2 for the Jun 2021 quarter. The estimates represent year-over-year improvements of 6.30% in revenue and 9.81% in earnings per share for the company.
ADP Stock Earnings Forecast For The Current Year
For the full financial year, Automatic Data Processing Inc. [NASDAQ:ADP] is forecasted to generate revenue of $14.88B. The figure is about $290.0 million above what the company actually reported for the fiscal year 2020. In terms of EPS, it is estimated to be $5.93 in 2021, which is $0.01 higher than the figure in FY20. Based on current estimates, earnings are expected to grow 0.20% this year, 9.80% next year, and 10.26% annually over the next five years. With regard to sales, forecasts suggest an incline of 2.00% in current fiscal year and 6.30% over following year.
ADP Stock Price Performance
At the close of Tuesday’s session, Automatic Data Processing Inc. [NASDAQ:ADP] finished up 0.38% at $195.89. The stock’s highest single-day price was $196.00, and its lowest was $193.84. Its price rose 1.60% in the last five days. Since the beginning of the year, Automatic Data Processing Inc.’s shares are up nearly 11.17%. However, the share price is -0.70% below its one year high. The top price reached by the shares of the company was $197.28 on 04/23/21, while the 52-week low came on 01/15/21, when the shares were $159.31. In the past year, shares of the company have risen 37.74%. At 50 days, the moving average achieved is $184.45 while at 200 days, the moving average is $162.41. There were 1.4 million shares traded in the last session, down from 1.4 million in the previous session.
Automatic Data Processing Inc. [NASDAQ:ADP] Stock Valuation Metrics
With a prevailing 12-month PE ratio of 34.05, Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] does not qualify as a good candidate for the list of underestimated low-priced stocks that should be purchased sooner rather than later. By this measure, the company’s stock is trading at a premium to the industry average of 22.98 times trailing earnings. Investors may find it helpful to look at historical price-sales ratios, and in the case of this stock, 5.72 PS value ratio is reported for the last one year of reported earnings. This is above the average return 1.25 for the industry, which means ADP offers an unattractive investment opportunity than its competitors do.
ADP Share Price Support And Resistance Levels
Based on the daily chart, the immediate backing lies around the 195.89 level, and the violation of this level will cause a further drop to 194.49 level. At the upper end, 198.81 remains a key resistance. As the stock increases, it may find resistance at 197.40. In the 14-day chart, the Relative Strength Index standing at 65.92 suggests a technical neutral stance while the MACD standing at 3.00 indicates price will increase in the next trading period. Stochastic %K at 85.71% suggests selling the stock while Percent R indicator at 12.38% suggests bullish price movement.
How much is the short interest in Automatic Data Processing Inc.?
There have been a drop in short interest in the Automatic Data Processing Inc. Financial stock, with short interest down by -1.45 million shares to 5.28 million shares on Mar 14, 2021. According to data provided by Yahoo Finance, the short interest on Apr 14, 2021 stood at 3.83 million shares. This 27.46% increase suggests some bearish sentiment was experienced by the stock. Shorted shares accounted for just 0.90% of the overall float in the stock, while the stock’s days to cover moved to 1.79.
How do analysts view Automatic Data Processing Inc.?
In regard to the share price forecast for Automatic Data Processing Inc. stock, the analysts, as surveyed by FactSet, forecast the price to reach $185.00 in the next twelve months, representing almost an -5.89% growth from its recent price of $195.89. Among Automatic Data Processing Inc. stock projections, $215.00 is the highest analyst target for the stock, while $150.00 is the lowest. Despite this, 22 analysts who share their consensus rating for ADP in 2021 agree that the stock is a Hold.