First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) saw some unusual options trading activity on Thursday. Stock investors bought 12,967 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 4,650% compared to the typical volume of 273 call options.

Shares of First Data (NYSE FDC) opened at $16.52 on Friday. First Data has a one year low of $13.99 and a one year high of $19.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.58, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.02. The company has a market cap of $15,237.19, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.10, a P/E/G ratio of 1.12 and a beta of 1.51.

First Data (NYSE:FDC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The business services provider reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.40. First Data had a net margin of 5.99% and a return on equity of 26.60%. The firm had revenue of $3.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.08 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.34 EPS. First Data’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that First Data will post 1.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other First Data news, insider Thomas Joseph Higgins sold 31,718 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.15, for a total value of $575,681.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 347,493 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,306,997.95. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Frank Bisignano purchased 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 9th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $16.82 per share, with a total value of $420,500.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 7,107,398 shares in the company, valued at $119,546,434.36. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders acquired 25,200 shares of company stock valued at $423,964 and sold 67,191 shares valued at $1,205,939. Company insiders own 6.30% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Jana Partners LLC raised its stake in First Data by 35.2% during the 3rd quarter. Jana Partners LLC now owns 10,065,428 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $181,580,000 after acquiring an additional 2,623,313 shares in the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its stake in First Data by 22.3% in the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 197,010 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $3,554,000 after purchasing an additional 35,981 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its stake in First Data by 51.5% in the third quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 61,266 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,105,000 after purchasing an additional 20,817 shares during the period. Cetera Investment Advisers acquired a new position in First Data in the third quarter valued at $415,000. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in First Data by 60.6% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 847,910 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $15,296,000 after purchasing an additional 319,810 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 49.09% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have commented on FDC shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $21.00 price target on shares of First Data in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Data from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. SunTrust Banks decreased their price objective on shares of First Data to $19.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday. Barclays lifted their price objective on shares of First Data from $22.00 to $24.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of First Data in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $19.61.

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About First Data

First Data Corporation is a provider of commerce-enabling technology and solutions for merchants, financial institutions and card issuers. The Company’s segments are Global Business Solutions (GBS), Global Financial Solutions (GFS), Network & Security Solutions (NSS), and Corporate. The GBS segment provides businesses of all sizes and types with a range of solutions at the point of sale, including merchant acquiring, e-commerce, mobile commerce, point-of-sale, and other business solutions.

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