Media stories about Fiserv (NASDAQ:FISV) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Fiserv earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.0240958882029 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
NASDAQ FISV traded up $0.29 on Monday, hitting $70.13. 1,424,472 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,342,403. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 1.02. Fiserv has a 52 week low of $57.56 and a 52 week high of $74.46. The stock has a market capitalization of $28,858.98, a PE ratio of 27.39, a PEG ratio of 1.96 and a beta of 0.81.
Fiserv (NASDAQ:FISV) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The business services provider reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.69 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $1.52 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.51 billion. Fiserv had a return on equity of 44.58% and a net margin of 21.88%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.58 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Fiserv will post 3.11 earnings per share for the current year.
Several brokerages recently issued reports on FISV. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on Fiserv from $66.50 to $76.00 and gave the company an “average” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. BidaskClub cut Fiserv from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. ValuEngine cut Fiserv from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Stephens restated a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 target price on shares of Fiserv in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Finally, Guggenheim restated a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 target price on shares of Fiserv in a research note on Monday, January 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Fiserv has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.83.
In other news, Director Denis Oleary sold 12,160 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $142.64, for a total transaction of $1,734,502.40. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Jeffery W. Yabuki sold 17,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $138.59, for a total transaction of $2,356,030.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 203,051 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $28,140,838.09. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 80,160 shares of company stock valued at $8,993,842 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 1.80% of the company’s stock.
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Fiserv Company Profile
Fiserv, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services technology worldwide. The company's Payments and Industry Products segment provides electronic bill payment and presentment services; mobile banking software and services; account-to-account transfers; person-to-person payment services; debit and credit card processing and services; payments infrastructure services; and other electronic payments software and services.
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