Paychex, Inc., (PAYX)’s stock has declined by -0.47% from average 12-month price target of $82.11 expected by the analysts. The price of the stock ended September 19, 2019 trading at $82.5 which saw downtrend of 26.63% since the beginning of 2019. For most investors, the -0.33% rally in the share price could have prompted them tosell the stock, but doing that would be a mistake as it would be taking into consideration only the short-term performance of the stock. Most analysts believed that the stock has the potential to rise by 10.3% or more. For Paychex, Inc. to record further gainanalysts believe that the company has to hit $91 price target. The high price target for PAYX for next 12 months currently stands at $91. This means that the highest 12 months price target is 10.3% above its last closing price. The median price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $82, which means that it could rise by -0.61% from its current position. Despite that, some analysts believe that it won’t perform excellent, setting a lower price target of $74 for the stock which means it could rise by -10.3%.
A look at the PAYX stock today shows that it has gained 10.55% of its value over the past one year, which has led to some investors becoming excited about the short-term performance of Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX). If we turn to the stock analysts in general, they revealed that most of them are still bearish about the chances of the shares. The consensus rating from analysts for Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) is 3 which is a sell rating. Over the past week, the stock has been rated as a Buy 0 times while it has been rated as a Hold 12 times. The 52-week high price for PAYX is $88.43 which is attained on June 11 while its 52-week low currently stands at $61.32 and was reached on December 26. At the moment, the stock is trading $2.09 above its YTD moving average set at $80.41.
Moving on, Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) last released its earnings for the May 2019 quarter of the fiscal year. The company performed decently over the past three months, with its earnings up 3% year-over-year at $0.63. The company brought a surprise of -3 as analysts were predicting $0.65 per share. The revenue generated by Paychex, Inc. in the May 2019 quarter surged by 16% to reach $980.4 million. This is highcompared to the $845.7 million it recorded in the same quarter last year. To see what traders should watch in its August 2019 financial results, analysts have consensus earnings per share of $0.69 which is higherthan the $0.67 recorded in the same quarter a year ago. Over the next 12 months, the earnings per share are expected to move by 8.03%. If it achieves that, then the company firmly believes that its long-term annual earnings growth rate target set at 9.1 % could be achieved. The company has also recorded a revenue of $3.77 billion over the past 12 months.
In order to determine if the stock is worthy of your patience, you should know that Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is now trading at 28.81X the earnings per share recorded over the past 12 months. This is an uptrend compared to the readings of the sector which is 28.66X while the industry average stands at 33.27X. The most popular way to value a stock is to look at its historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio with the help of its earnings report over the past 12 months. Paychex, Inc. was able to achieve an EPS of $2.86 during the last four quarters. The P/E ratio is widely known due to the fact that it is widely used, simple, effective, and, tautologically.
On Thursday, September 19 of 2019, the 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) for PAYX moved by $1.5. Over the past seven days, the stock’s average daily volatility stood at 1.49%. A stock with a low volatility is usually a good one as it means that investors are very confident in the stock. Paychex, Inc.’s trading volume has recently moved to 1.12 million, which is compared with the average daily volume of 1.88 million shares.
The daily chart for PAYX, points out that the company has recorded 3.75% gains over the past six months. However, it is still 34.54% higher than its most recent low trading price. The performance of the stock over the past five days shows that it is up 0.99% though it is 0.92% above its three-week moving average. It is worthy to know that price action is not always clear. There are times when a stock will undergo some negatives, trade erratically within some range or even act very unpredictable. When that happens, then making use of moving averages makes the pattern clearer for traders. Comparing to 50-day SMA, the price of the stock has dropped by -0.7% while it is up 4.42% against the 200-day SMA. This is usually seen as the last support line for a stock, as a move downward could signal a bearish trend or market. The daily chart of PAYX reveals that it has gained some grounds as it ended Thursday with a 0.67% rise over the past 30 days.