Global Payments Director Sells $333,900 in Stock (GPN)
Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) Director Alex W. Hart unloaded 4,770 shares of Global Payments stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.00, for a total transaction of $333,900.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 25,387 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,777,090. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.
Shares of Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) traded up 0.40% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $71.03. 555,724 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Global Payments has a 52 week low of $47.35 and a 52 week high of $74.46. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $71.66 and a 200-day moving average of $69.53. The company has a market cap of $4.843 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.99.
Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) last released its earnings data on Tuesday, July 29th. The company reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.07 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $673.98 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $669.11 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.98 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Global Payments will post $4.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, August 29th. Investors of record on Friday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.02 per share. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.11%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 13th.
A number of analysts have recently weighed in on GPN shares. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Global Payments in a research note on Wednesday. They now have a $77.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $74.00. Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group raised their price target on shares of Global Payments from $72.00 to $80.00 in a research note on Monday, August 4th. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at SunTrust raised their price target on shares of Global Payments from $64.00 to $67.00 in a research note on Thursday, July 31st. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. Global Payments currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $74.55.
Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) is a provider of electronic payments transaction processing services for consumers, merchants, independent sales organizations (ISOs), financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations located throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Asia-Pacific region, the Czech Republic, and the Russian Federation.
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