A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN):

  • 10/3/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at UBS AG from a “positive” rating to a “neutral” rating.
  • 10/3/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. They now have a $144.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/1/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $150.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/1/2017 – Accenture PLC was given a new $130.00 price target on by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from $145.00 to $148.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald to $151.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from $147.00 to $150.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $130.00 to $140.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $149.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. They now have a $135.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “4QFY17 Revenues and earnings beat. Accenture reported 4QFY17 net revenue of $9.15 bn (+7.8% y/y, +8% cc), vs. guidance of $8.85-9.10 bn, our estimate of $9.07 bn and the FactSet consensus of $9.01 bn. Operating margin for the quarter was 14.2%, in line with our estimate of 14.2%, just below the consensus of 14.3%, but above the 14.1% in 4QFY16. EPS of $1.48 was above our estimate of $1.47, and the consensus of $1.46.””
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Societe Generale from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $144.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $148.00 to $150.00. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $140.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $130.00.
  • 9/27/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $124.00 to $135.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $135.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $132.00 to $140.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Robert W. Baird. They now have a $148.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $142.00.
  • 9/21/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Berenberg Bank. They now have a $160.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/21/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $155.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like IBB and VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/19/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like IBB and VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/19/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. They now have a $150.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $135.00.
  • 9/14/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $151.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/12/2017 – Accenture PLC is now covered by analysts at Bank of America Corporation. They set a “buy” rating and a $150.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/12/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/7/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $138.00 to $146.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 9/6/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $145.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/5/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 8/30/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture is one of world’s leading providers of management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through acquisitions encouraging. The acquisitions have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Notably, shares of the company outperformed the industry over the past year. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 8/28/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $145.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture is one of world’s leading providers of management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through acquisitions is encouraging. The acquisitions have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Notably, shares of the company outperformed the broader market over the past year. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”

Accenture PLC (ACN) traded down 0.88% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $134.25. 2,535,494 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Accenture PLC has a 12-month low of $112.31 and a 12-month high of $138.70. The stock has a market capitalization of $82.90 billion, a PE ratio of 24.67 and a beta of 1.08. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $132.82 and a 200-day moving average price of $125.81.

Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, September 28th. The information technology services provider reported $1.48 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.47 by $0.01. Accenture PLC had a net margin of 9.37% and a return on equity of 42.65%. The business had revenue of $9.15 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.01 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.31 earnings per share. Accenture PLC’s quarterly revenue was up 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Accenture PLC will post $6.55 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a Semi-Annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 19th will be issued a $1.33 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 18th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.97%. Accenture PLC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.49%.

In related news, insider Richard Lumb sold 2,200 shares of Accenture PLC stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $129.26, for a total value of $284,372.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 119,013 shares in the company, valued at $15,383,620.38. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Gianfranco Casati sold 5,000 shares of Accenture PLC stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.00, for a total value of $650,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 56,014 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,281,820. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 20,582 shares of company stock worth $2,634,573. Insiders own 0.21% of the company’s stock.

Accenture plc is a professional services company serving clients in various industries and in geographic regions, including North America, Europe and Growth Markets. The Company provides management and technology consulting services. Its segments include Communications, Media and Technology; Financial Services; Health and Public Service; Products, and Resources.

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