News stories about Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Global Payments earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 45.2595979148416 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) traded down $0.40 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $112.02. The company had a trading volume of 146,645 shares, compared to its average volume of 949,843. Global Payments has a 52 week low of $76.03 and a 52 week high of $113.26. The company has a market capitalization of $18,024.47, a PE ratio of 62.80, a P/E/G ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a current ratio of 1.14.

Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The business services provider reported $1.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $917.31 million. Global Payments had a return on equity of 18.50% and a net margin of 7.14%. Global Payments’s revenue was up 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.89 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Global Payments will post 3.81 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Buckingham Research assumed coverage on Global Payments in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $113.00 price objective on the stock. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price objective (up from $100.00) on shares of Global Payments in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Oppenheimer upped their price objective on Global Payments from $21.00 to $23.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $113.00 price objective on shares of Global Payments in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on Global Payments from $103.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “positive” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and twenty-two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $105.26.

In other Global Payments news, Director Alan M. Silberstein sold 600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.05, for a total transaction of $63,630.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 44,293 shares in the company, valued at $4,697,272.65. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 3,600 shares of company stock valued at $366,270. 0.93% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Global Payments

Global Payments Inc is a provider of payment technology services. The Company provides payment and digital commerce solutions. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company’s segments primarily provide payment solutions for credit cards, debit cards, electronic payments and check-related services.

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