If this is not the right time to look at Global Payments Inc. (GPN) and The GEO Group Inc. (GEO) then what can I say

On Dec 17, CLONINGER KRISS III, Director exercised an option 5,712 shares of Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), with the average selling price of the stock being $39.22 per share. The total amount realized from this exercised an option $224,025. A document was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to notify the public about the exercised an option of the shares.

In addition to that, Director – JACOBS WILLIAM I sold an extra 600 shares of this stock in a transaction that took place a day before, on Dec 16, with a share sold at an average of $179.70 and a total of $107,820 was realized from this transaction. After the transaction, the Director – JACOBS WILLIAM I was left with 27,188 shares of the company’s stock, which is currently worth around $4885683.6.

The recent price movement of GPN means that it is now up by 0.06% from its 52-week high and 77.48% up against its 52-week low prices. Over the past one week, the price volatility of GPN stands at 1.40% while the volatility over the past one month is 1.45%. The beta score for this stock is 1.01. A beta score below 1 means that the stock has a low volatility while above 1 signifies that a stock is highly volatile at that particular moment, a data that traders use to keep tabs on their investments.

The company on 10/31/2019 published its latest quarterly earnings, with the report showing that the company recorded 1.33 earnings per share (EPS) during that period. This report was above the expectations of analysts of 1.32 by 0.01. The revenue by the firm was 2.16B for the quarter.

The shares of Global Payments Inc. (GPN) gained by 1.60%, leading to a gain of $3.07 per share, and saw GPN end the trading session at $194.38 on Wednesday 01/15/20. GPN started the trading session at $192.18, before reaching a daily high of $195.14. It wasn’t able to sustain that growth though and soon jumped to hit a daily low of $191.8996.

The trading volume on Wednesday stood at 1734778, which was below the stock’s 3-month average volume of 1.64 million shares, out of a total 298.72M shares. As the price of the stock climbed, the market valuation of the company gained to 58.71 billion.

The shares of The GEO Group Inc. (NYSE: GEO) went up by 1.96% by the end of the recent trading session. This movement saw its price surge to close at $16.09, which was higher than the previous closing price of $15.78. Over the past one week, the price of GEO has jumped by 2.68%, while it has recorded a gain of 9.75% over the past one month. Its three-month performance saw GEO gain 3.07% while its six-month performance saw it drop by -13.35%. The situation is different though over the past one year, as the stock price went down by -25.51%, while its year-to-date (YTD) price performance slipped by -3.13%. The stock price has gone up by +21.16% compared to its 90-day low, while it is down -6.62% compared to its 90-day high price.

Let’s take a look at its short, medium and long-term indicators. Composite Indicators shows that Trendspotter rated the stock as a Buy. In the short-term, the stock has a 20-day average volume of 1,409,020 shares, with the short-term indicators averagely rating the stock as a Hold. A look at its medium-term indicators reveals that it has a 50-Day average volume of 1,364,646 shares and the indicators have an average rating of 50% Sell. The last indicators, the long-term see GEO stock with a 100-Day average volume of 1,150,614 shares, giving it an average rating of 50% Sell. A look at the general picture of all short, medium and long-term indicators leaves GEO with an average rating of 24% Sell.

Several brokerage firms sent out their reports GEO stock not long ago. In its report sent out on February 15, 2019, JP Morgan lowered its ratings on GEO from a Overweight to a Neutral. In an earlier report on July 14, 2017, JP Morgan Initiated the stock to a Overweight. Canaccord Genuity meanwhile in its report on March 08, 2017 Reiterated its rating of the stock to “Buy”.

In related news to the company’s stock, around 89.10% shares are being held by institutional investors. In a recent SEC filing, the company revealed that 275 institutions currently hold the GEO stock. In the last quarter, a 106,071,358 GEO shares were in the possession of institutions. On the other hand, the company recorded 33 new institutions who bought it their stock, while 41 institutions sold their entire GEO reserve. Of the current institutions investing in the stock, 112 increased their investment while 136 decreased their investment in the stock.