Automatic data processing hits analysts’ target price
In recent trades, shares of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (Ticker: ADP) topped analysts’ 12-month average target price of $228.36, changing hands at $234.04/share. When a stock reaches the target that an analyst has set, there are logically two ways for him to react: downgrade on the valuation, or readjust his target price to a higher level. The reaction of analysts may also depend on fundamental business developments that may be responsible for the stock price rally – if things are looking up for the company, it may be time for that target price to be raised.
There are 14 different analyst targets in Zacks’ coverage universe that contribute to this average for Automatic Data Processing Inc., but the average is just that – a mathematical average. Some analysts have below average targets, including one looking for a price of $170.00. And then, on the other side of the spectrum, an analyst has a target as high as $257.00. The standard deviation is $21.262.
But the whole reason to watch the medium ADP’s pricing goal is first and foremost to tap into a “wisdom of the crowds” effort, bringing together contributions from all of the individual minds that have contributed to the ultimate number, contrary to the belief of any single expert in particular. . And so, with ADP surpassing that average target price of $228.36/share, ADP investors received a good signal to spend another time evaluating the company and deciding for themselves: $228.36 is just one stop on the way to a par upper target, or has the valuation been stretched to the point that it’s time to think about removing some chips from the table? Below is a chart showing the current thinking of analysts who cover Automatic Data Processing Inc.:
|Recent ADP Analyst Rating Breakdown|
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|Strong buy odds:||1||1||1||1|
|Strong selling odds:||1||1||1||1|
The average rating shown in the last row of the table above ranges from 1 to 5, where 1 is strong buying and 5 is strong selling. This item used data provided by Zacks Investment Research via Quandl.com. Get the Latest Zacks Research Report on ADP – FREE.
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