Cowen lifts Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

Automatic Data Processing Inc. [NASDAQ: ADP] stock went on an upward path that rose over 0.16% on Wednesday, amounting to a one-week price decrease of less than -1.12%. The company report on October 15, 2020 that ADP Earns 2020 Tech Cares Award from TrustRadius for Unwavering Service and Support amid Global Health Event.

Committed to providing its clients and communities with the resources and support needed to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, ADP has been recognized by TrustRadius with a 2020 Tech Cares Award. This award celebrates B2B technology providers that have gone above and beyond in demonstrating their service, consideration and compassion during a time of change and uncertainty.

Learn more about how ADP is helping clients navigate forward.

Over the last 12 months, ADP stock dropped by -7.93%. The one-year Automatic Data Processing Inc. stock forecast points to a potential upside of 1.87. The average equity rating for ADP stock is currently 2.90, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

The market cap for the stock reached $62.68 billion, with 429.85 million shares outstanding and 429.25 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 2.23M shares, ADP stock reached a trading volume of 1174567 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Guru’s Opinion on Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for ADP shares is $149.65 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on ADP stock is a recommendation set at 2.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Cowen have made an estimate for Automatic Data Processing Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Market Perform, with their previous recommendation back on September 21, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman raised their target price to Sell. The new note on the price target was released on July 14, 2020, representing the official price target for Automatic Data Processing Inc. stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Automatic Data Processing Inc. is set at 3.31, with the Price to Sales ratio for ADP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.30. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 10.95, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 4.47. Price to Free Cash Flow for ADP in the course of the last twelve months was 45.32 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.00.

ADP Stock Performance Analysis:

Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.12. With this latest performance, ADP shares gained by 10.49% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 8.04% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -7.93% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for ADP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 57.87, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 58.18, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.08 for Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 139.87, while it was recorded at 146.87 for the last single week of trading, and 147.43 for the last 200 days.

Insight into Automatic Data Processing Inc. Fundamentals:

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] shares currently have an operating margin of +21.53 and a Gross Margin at +45.96. Automatic Data Processing Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +16.91.

Return on Total Capital for ADP is now 39.58, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 34.02. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 44.23, with Return on Assets sitting at 6.09. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 42.73. Additionally, ADP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 29.94, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 6.28. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 23.42, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 16.41.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] managed to generate an average of $42,526 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.98 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.36.Automatic Data Processing Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.00 and a Current Ratio set at 1.00.


With the latest financial reports released by the company, Automatic Data Processing Inc. posted 1.34/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.33/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 0.80%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for ADP. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Automatic Data Processing Inc. go to 10.57%.

Automatic Data Processing Inc. [ADP] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $50,725 million, or 81.50% of ADP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of ADP stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 38,567,267, which is approximately -1.634% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 32,146,335 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $4.72 billion in ADP stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.78 billion in ADP stock with ownership of nearly -1.243% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Automatic Data Processing Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 653 institutional holders increased their position in Automatic Data Processing Inc. [NASDAQ:ADP] by around 22,876,180 shares. Additionally, 735 investors decreased positions by around 25,518,743 shares, while 295 investors held positions by with 297,026,690 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 345,421,613 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. ADP stock had 110 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,271,126 shares, while 100 institutional investors sold positions of 4,240,538 shares during the same period.

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