Barclays raises the target price on Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP:NSD)to $257

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by: STA Research

Mizuho Securities maintains Automatic Data Processing Inc. stock with a Buy rating and raises the target price to $250 from $235 on the company’s shares.

Barclays raises the target price on Automatic Data Processing Inc. to $257 from $238 and maintains the Overweight rating.

Based on the Automatic Data Processing Inc stock forecasts from 9 analysts, the average analyst target price for Automatic Data Processing Inc is USD 237.75 over the next 12 months. Automatic Data Processing Inc’s average analyst rating is Buy . Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of Automatic Data Processing Inc is Neutral, which is based on 8 positive signals and 7 negative signals. At the last closing, Automatic Data Processing Inc’s stock price was USD 218.18Automatic Data Processing Inc’s stock price has changed by -2.39% over the past week, -6.56% over the past month and +16.68% over the last year.

What we like:

High market capitalization

This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.

Superior risk adjusted returns

This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

Low volatility

The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.

Superior total returns

The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual total returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

Superior return on equity

The company management has delivered better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Positive free cash flow

The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Superior Dividend Growth

This stock has shown top quartile dividend growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

What we don’t like:

Below median dividend returns

The company’s average income yield over the past 5 years has been low compared to its peers. However, it is not a problem if you are not looking for income.

Overpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is above the sector median.

Overpriced compared to book value

The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.

Overpriced on cashflow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Highly leveraged

The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.

Overpriced on free cash flow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to free cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Low Revenue Growth

This stock has shown below median revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

 

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