First Data Corporation (FDC): From Top to Bottom

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 $21.50, up from yesterday’s close by 2.14%. 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 $20.06 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been falling by -18.53 % 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 $1.88 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to hold steady in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.37 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.96% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, First Data Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $21.39. It is now trading -0.11% off that level. The stock is trading $17.95 its 50-day moving average by -3.55%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $14.73.

In recent action, First Data Corporation (FDC) has made a move of +9.64% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.57, 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 4.93% with $479.34 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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