PAYX investors were likely spooked this afternoon by Barrons's report: "Paychex reported better-than-expected earnings overall for its latest quarter, but posted a miss for a key segment." For more coverage, read the full article here. On the back of this news, Paychex sank -3.3% to a price of $110.93. Are the markets overreacting?
Paychex, Inc. provides integrated human capital management solutions for human resources (HR), payroll, benefits, and insurance services for small to medium-sized businesses in the United States, Europe, and India. The company belongs to the Industrials sector, which has an average price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 21.46 and an average price to book (P/B) ratio of 3.7. In contrast, Paychex has a trailing 12 month P/E ratio of 38.0 and a P/B ratio of 13.4.
At today's price of $110.93 per share, Paychex is -12.51% away from its target price of $126.79, and on average, analysts give the stock a rating of hold. 3.0% of the company's shares are linked to short positions, and 73.2% of the shares are owned by institutional investors.