How to buy Automatic Data Processing shares

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Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP) is a leading staffing & employment services business based in the US. Automatic Data Processing is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 58,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Automatic Data Processing

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: ADP in this case.
  5. Research Automatic Data Processing shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Automatic Data Processing shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

Automatic Data Processing share price

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Automatic Data Processing shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-23.
52-week range$101.2845 - $179.46
50-day moving average $171.1894
200-day moving average $153.5766
Wall St. target price$169.06
PE ratio 28.1166
Dividend yield $3.72 (2.3%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.761
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Share dealing platform comparison

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Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco, T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
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Zero platform fee
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IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
£1.75 + 0.022% (max £5.00)
Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
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From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Fidelity stocks and shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
0.75-0.88%
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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Is it a good time to buy Automatic Data Processing stock?

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Is Automatic Data Processing under- or over-valued?

Valuing Automatic Data Processing stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Automatic Data Processing's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Automatic Data Processing's P/E ratio

Automatic Data Processing's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, Automatic Data Processing shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Automatic Data Processing's PEG ratio

Automatic Data Processing's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.6309. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Automatic Data Processing's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Automatic Data Processing's EBITDA

Automatic Data Processing's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $3.8 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Automatic Data Processing's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Automatic Data Processing financials

Revenue TTM $14.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.76%
Gross profit TTM $6.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.17%
Return on equity TTM 44.52%
Profit margin 17.07%
Book value $13.531
Market capitalisation $69.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Automatic Data Processing shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "ADP.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 4.5 million Automatic Data Processing shares held short by investors – that's known as Automatic Data Processing's "short interest". This figure is 13.4% up from 4.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Automatic Data Processing shares can be evaluated.

Automatic Data Processing's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Automatic Data Processing's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Automatic Data Processing shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Automatic Data Processing shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). Automatic Data Processing's SIR currently stands at 3.06. In other words for every 100,000 Automatic Data Processing shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3060 shares are currently held short.

However Automatic Data Processing's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Automatic Data Processing shares, or, against the total number of tradable Automatic Data Processing shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Automatic Data Processing's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Automatic Data Processing shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0105% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Automatic Data Processing shares, roughly 11 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Automatic Data Processing.

Find out more about how you can short Automatic Data Processing stock.

Automatic Data Processing's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Automatic Data Processing.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Automatic Data Processing's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 19.82

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Automatic Data Processing's overall score of 19.82 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Automatic Data Processing is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Automatic Data Processing's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.57/100

Automatic Data Processing's environmental score of 4.57 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Automatic Data Processing is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Automatic Data Processing's social score

Social score: 11.57/100

Automatic Data Processing's social score of 11.57 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Automatic Data Processing is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Automatic Data Processing's governance score

Governance score: 9.68/100

Automatic Data Processing's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Automatic Data Processing is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Automatic Data Processing's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Automatic Data Processing scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Automatic Data Processing has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Automatic Data Processing, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 19.82
Total ESG percentile 10.16
Environmental score 4.57
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 11.57
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 9.68
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 1

Automatic Data Processing share dividends

61%

Dividend payout ratio: 61.1% of net profits

Recently Automatic Data Processing has paid out, on average, around 61.1% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.3% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Automatic Data Processing shareholders could enjoy a 2.3% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Automatic Data Processing's case, that would currently equate to about $3.72 per share.

Automatic Data Processing's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Automatic Data Processing's most recent dividend payout was on 1 April 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 March 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Automatic Data Processing's shares ever split?

Automatic Data Processing's shares were split on a 1139:1000 basis on 1 October 2014. So if you had owned 1000 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1139 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Automatic Data Processing shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.2% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Automatic Data Processing shares which in turn could have impacted Automatic Data Processing's share price.

Automatic Data Processing share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Automatic Data Processing's shares have ranged in value from as little as $101.2845 up to $179.46. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ADP.US volatility(beta: 0.71)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Automatic Data Processing's is 0.7117. This would suggest that Automatic Data Processing's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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Automatic Data Processing overview

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. provides cloud-based human capital management solutions worldwide. It operates through two segments, Employer Services and Professional Employer Organization (PEO). The Employer Services segment offers strategic, cloud-based platforms, and human resources (HR) outsourcing solutions. Its offerings include payroll, benefits administration, talent management, HR management, workforce management, insurance, retirement, and compliance services. The PEO Services segment provides HR outsourcing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses through a co-employment model. This segment offers benefits package, protection and compliance, talent engagement, comprehensive outsourcing, and recruitment process outsourcing services. The company was founded in 1949 and is headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey.

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