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Automatic Data Processing to announce dividend increase

What's Happening

Automatic Data Processing ( ADP ) will likely announce its next dividend increase this week. The company has a long history of annual dividend increases which spans the last 42 years. The stock has enjoyed steady gains over the last year, and shares are currently up 8.9% year to date.

Technical Analysis

ADP was recently trading at $112.67, down $9.10 from its 12-month high and $25.09 above its 12-month low. Technical indicators for ADP are bullish and the stock is in a strong upward trend. The stock has recent support above $112.10 and has recent resistance below $118.50. Of the 18 analysts who cover the stock, three rate it a "strong buy", 14 rate it a "hold", and one rates it a "strong sell". ADP gets a score of 49 from InvestorsObserver's Stock Score Report.

Analyst's Thoughts

ADP has a very impressive track record of dividend increases, and with a payout ratio of 59.5% the company can easily afford to extend its 42-year streak of increases this year. With the overall economy looking good, and unemployment low, business has been good for ADP. Analysts expect earnings growth of 3.2% this year, and an additional 11.8% in 2018. The stock currently has a yield of 2.0%. Last year it boosted its dividend by 7.5%, and in the previous year by 8.1%. I expect a similar increase this year. Look for the quarterly distribution to rise from $0.57 to around $0.62, for an increase of 8.7%. Look for the announcement this week, with the stock trading ex-dividend during the second week of December.

Stock Only Trade

Bullish Trade

If you want to set up a bullish hedged trade on ADP, consider a February 95/100 bull-put credit spread for a 35-cent credit. That's a potential 7.5% return (26.2% annualized*) and the stock would have to fall 10.9% to cause a problem.

Bearish Trade

If you want to take a bearish stance on the stock at this time, consider a February 125/130 bear-call credit spread for a 40-cent credit. That's a potential 8.7% return (30.2% annualized*) and the stock would have to rise 11.3% to cause a problem.

Covered Call Trade

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Originally published on InvestorsObserver.com


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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