Paychex Inc. (PAYX) shares are trading at lower $81.93 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $81.71.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $90.54 and the low is $47.87. Over the last 52 weeks, PAYX is down -2.75% while the S&P 500 is up 14.78%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, PAYX reported a profit of $625.1 million. Paychex Inc. also saw revenues increase to $932.2 million. In addition, PAYX has free cash flow of $194.3 million as of 08-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $390.4 million which compares well with its peers.
PAYX booked profit margins of 26.30%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 38.40%, and its Return on Assets is 11.90%. All told, it is clear that, PAYX needs to be on your watchlist.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. PAYX has a short ratio of 5.93 and outstanding shares of 359.10M.
PAYX has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 1.53 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 2.90. Paychex Inc. PAYX also noted assets of $8.38 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as PAYX has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, Paychex Inc. PAYX has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, PAYX represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
Paychex Inc. PAYX is now commanding a market cap of 29.30B and a float of 320.75M. PAYX is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of PAYX stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
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