Barclays raised the price target for the Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) stock from “an Equal weight” to “an Underweight”. The rating was released on January 17, 2023, according to finviz. The research report from Cowen has upgraded the stock from Market Perform to Outperform, with a price target set at $145. The stock was downgraded by Citigroup, who disclosed in a research note on October 06, 2021, from Buy to Neutral and set the price objective to $125. In their research brief published October 05, 2021, Citigroup analysts downgraded the Paychex Inc. stock from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $125.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) dipped -1.14% to close Tuesday’s market session at $118.62, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $117.93 and $120.14 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 1331575 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 1.60 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 0.17% within the last five trades and 3.35% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price decreased -2.39% in the last 6 months and 5.76% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. PAYX stock is trading at a margin of 1.47%, -0.45% and -2.46% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, PAYX deals in the Industrials domain. The stock is trading -16.42 percent below its 52-week high and 12.27 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is 0.45. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.
What Does Paychex Inc.’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 40.00 percent and the profit margin is 30.40 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.
The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $41.88 billion as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The price-to-earnings ratio for Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is 29.35. The price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 26.17. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 8.70 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 13.34, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Almost all investors and traders prefer to invest in shares controlled by the management of a corporation as a management company will be more likely to run the business itself and to never conduct things against the management’s desires and will always try to do what is best for their shareholders. Currently, 10.70 percent of Paychex Inc. shares are owned by insiders, and 73.20 percent are held by financial institutions. Gibson John B, the President and CEO at Paychex Inc. (PAYX) has sold 194 shares of firm on Jan 13 at a price of $120.31 against the total amount of $23340.0. In another inside trade, Gioja Michael E, Sr. Vice President of Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) sold 13,744 shares of the firm on Dec 28 for a total worth of $1.58 million at a price of $115.30. An inside trade which took place on Oct 20, Sr. Vice President, CFO of Paychex Inc. RIVERA EFRAIN sold 298 shares of firm against total price of $33096.0 at the cost of $111.06 per share.