Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates:

  • 10/3/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at UBS AG from a “positive” rating to a “neutral” rating.
  • 10/3/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. They now have a $144.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/1/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. They now have a $150.00 price target on the stock.
  • 10/1/2017 – Accenture PLC was given a new $130.00 price target on by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank Of Canada from $145.00 to $148.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald to $151.00. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Wells Fargo & Company from $147.00 to $150.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/29/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $130.00 to $140.00. They now have a “market perform” rating on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $149.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald. They now have a $135.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “4QFY17 Revenues and earnings beat. Accenture reported 4QFY17 net revenue of $9.15 bn (+7.8% y/y, +8% cc), vs. guidance of $8.85-9.10 bn, our estimate of $9.07 bn and the FactSet consensus of $9.01 bn. Operating margin for the quarter was 14.2%, in line with our estimate of 14.2%, just below the consensus of 14.3%, but above the 14.1% in 4QFY16. EPS of $1.48 was above our estimate of $1.47, and the consensus of $1.46.””
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Societe Generale from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $144.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Robert W. Baird from $148.00 to $150.00. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock.
  • 9/28/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. They now have a $140.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $130.00.
  • 9/27/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Barclays PLC from $124.00 to $135.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp. They now have a $135.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Morgan Stanley from $132.00 to $140.00. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock.
  • 9/22/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Robert W. Baird. They now have a $148.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $142.00.
  • 9/21/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Berenberg Bank. They now have a $160.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/21/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $155.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like IBB and VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/19/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like IBB and VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/19/2017 – Accenture PLC had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. They now have a $150.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $135.00.
  • 9/14/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $151.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/12/2017 – Accenture PLC is now covered by analysts at Bank of America Corporation. They set a “buy” rating and a $150.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/12/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/7/2017 – Accenture PLC had its price target raised by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus from $138.00 to $146.00. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 9/6/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $145.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 9/5/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture offers management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. Shares of the company have outperformed the industry over the past year. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through partnerships like Apple and acquisitions like VERAX are encouraging. The strategies have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 8/30/2017 – Accenture PLC was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Accenture is one of world’s leading providers of management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through acquisitions encouraging. The acquisitions have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Notably, shares of the company outperformed the industry over the past year. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”
  • 8/28/2017 – Accenture PLC was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $145.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Accenture is one of world’s leading providers of management consultancy, technology and outsourcing services. We are positive about Accenture’s latest product additions in the analytics application space, given the increasing demand for digital solutions. Moreover, Accenture’s strategy of growing through acquisitions is encouraging. The acquisitions have enabled Accenture to enter new markets, diversify and broaden its product portfolio, and maintain its leading position. Notably, shares of the company outperformed the broader market over the past year. Nonetheless, Accenture’s recent announcement of creating 15K new jobs by 2020 and investment plan of $1.4 billion for employee training and opening of 10 innovation centers across the U.S. cities may dent its bottom-line results in our opinion. Furthermore, increasing competition from peers and an uncertain macroeconomic environment may deter its growth to some extent.”

Shares of Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) traded down 0.32% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $138.65. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,446,708 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $135.07 and a 200 day moving average price of $126.75. Accenture PLC has a 52-week low of $112.31 and a 52-week high of $140.00. The firm has a market cap of $85.62 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.48 and a beta of 1.08.

Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, September 28th. The information technology services provider reported $1.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.47 by $0.01. Accenture PLC had a return on equity of 42.65% and a net margin of 9.37%. The firm had revenue of $9.15 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.01 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.31 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Accenture PLC will post $6.56 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, October 19th will be paid a dividend of $1.33 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, October 18th. This represents a yield of 1.97%. Accenture PLC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.49%.

In other Accenture PLC news, insider Julie Spellman Sweet sold 1,974 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $128.68, for a total transaction of $254,014.32. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 14,082 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,812,071.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Daniel T. London sold 637 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $136.03, for a total value of $86,651.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 66,310 shares of company stock worth $8,854,197. Corporate insiders own 0.21% of the company’s stock.

Accenture plc is a professional services company serving clients in various industries and in geographic regions, including North America, Europe and Growth Markets. The Company provides management and technology consulting services. Its segments include Communications, Media and Technology; Financial Services; Health and Public Service; Products, and Resources.

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