Hot Stocks Among Investors: First Data Corporation (FDC), NetScout Systems, Inc. (NTCT)

Shares of First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) opened at $19.04, and ended 0.58% higher at $19.19. Nearly 7.6 million shares were traded by the close, lower than its average daily volume of 8.84 million shares.

First Data Corporation (FDC) Analyst Opinion

First Data Corporation has a consensus outperform rating from 29 Wall Street analysts, and the number of shares currently sold short amount to at least 4.93% of shares outstanding. The stock spiked 24.05% last month and is up 14.84 this year. Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 24 of analysts who cover FDC having a buy-equivalent rating. Analysts have placed a $21.05 price target on First Data Corporation, suggesting a 9.69% gain from recent close. It’s currently trading about -1.34% below its 52-week high.

First Data Corporation Earnings Surprise

First Data Corporation (FDC) surprised the stock market in its last reported earnings when it earned $0.29 a piece versus the consensus-estimated $0.26. Its revenue totaled $1.85 billion down -5.25% from the previous quarter.

First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) Intraday View

This stock (FDC) is ahead of its 52-week low with 30.26%. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 3.14% which for the week stands at 2.9%. The share price has moved forward from its 20 days moving average, trading at a distance of 19.76% and stays 20.39% away from its 50 days moving average. Over the last five days, shares have managed 6.02% gains and now is up 12.2% since hitting its 200-day moving average. First Data Corporation (FDC) has made its way to a 12-month gain of 19.94%.

Turning to NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), its shares were trading at $27.9 a gain of $1.45, on the trading floor. The stock, after opening at $26.8, touched a high of $28.65 before paring much of its gains. So far, analysts are sticking with their neutral recommendations with the consensus call at 2.6. NetScout Systems, Inc. has 0 buy ratings, 4 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -26.96% from its high of $38.20 to a $2.47 billion market value through last close.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NTCT) Consensus Price Target

The company’s consensus rating on Reuter’s scale slipped from 2.62 to 2.57 during a month. Analysts set a 12-month price target of $28.43 a share. The target implies a 1.9% spike from where the shares are currently trading. Also, the current price highlights a discount of 11.11% to analysts’ high consensus price target.

NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) Intraday Trading

The counter witnessed a trading volume of 3.68 million shares versus an average volume of 1.05 million shares during last trading session. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 7.7% which for the week approaches 3.6%. The lowest price the stock reached in the last trading day was $26.25 and compares with the $23.15 52-week low. The stock recovered 20.52% since its low point and has performed -8.37% year-to-date.

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