Why Paychex (PAYX) Stock Is Trading Lower Today

Anthony Lee /
2023/12/21 11:01 am EST

What Happened:

Shares of payroll and human resources software provider, Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX) fell 6.9% in the morning session after the company reported second-quarter results, with revenue and operating profit falling below Wall Street's expectations. Free cash flow also missed and declined sequentially. In light of the underwhelming performance, the company tried to provide some reassuring commentary, saying that "the macro-economic environment remains stable for small and mid-sized businesses, who continue to face challenges in both the cost of and access to growth capital; and finding quality talent in the current labor market." Overall, it was a weaker quarter for the company.

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What is the market telling us:

Paychex's shares are not very volatile than the market average and over the last year have had only 1 moves greater than 5%.

Paychex is up 4.5% since the beginning of the year, and at $121.04 per share it is trading close to its 52-week high of $128.79 from December 2023. Investors who bought $1,000 worth of Paychex's shares 5 years ago would now be looking at an investment worth $1,895.

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