|Bid||0.00 x 0|
|Ask||0.00 x 0|
|Day's Range||166.32 - 166.99|
|52 Week Range||127.26 - 168.95|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||26.67|
|Earnings Date||Sep 26, 2018 - Oct 1, 2018|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.66 (1.61%)|
|1y Target Est||171.88|
Accenture’s (ACN) robust capital return policy, driven by regular dividend payments and a strong share buyback program, makes its stock quite exciting to its investors. In the chart above, we can see the total capital returned by Accenture over the last five years. The company has also utilized more than 100% of its free cash flow each year to maintain its capital return policy.
Accenture (ACN) continues to witness a high book-to-bill ratio. In the last five quarters, the company’s book-to-bill ratio has always remained above 1, which is a healthy sign for its business. Strong growth in ACN’s overall bookings has contributed to its healthy book-to-bill ratio.
Accenture (ACN) has risen 3.8% in the last month, whereas in the last year, the stock’s price has soared 32.7%. Accenture stock is trading 34% higher than its 52-week low of $125.48 and 0.2% lower than its 52-week high of $168.5. The stock has been on an upward trajectory for more than five years.
The growing popularity of the IoT (Internet of Things) continues to boost Accenture’s (ACN) Industry X.0 platform. Industry X.0 is helping different companies to reinvent and manufacture equipment with smart, connected products and services using advanced technologies, including the IoT, connected devices, and digital platforms. The company is already providing support to an Italian manufacturing company called BSA Group to drive its digital platform.
Accenture’s (ACN) European market continues to witness impressive growth buoyed by strong double-digit growth in Germany, Italy, Ireland, France, and Spain. In the last five quarters, business from the European region has grown at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5.1%.
Accenture (ACN) continues to gain from the ongoing digital transformation trend. The availability of different forms of cloud technology, including SaaS (software-as-a-service), IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service), and PaaS (platform-as-a-service), is creating huge opportunities for the company in different markets and industries in terms of higher consulting and outsourcing business. In this way, Accenture drives the digital transformation phase of any company.
The growing popularity of AI technology across different organizations has prompted Accenture (ACN) to strengthen its product portfolio through the acquisition of AI and analytics companies. The acquired company will be included in the Accenture Applied Intelligence business, which deals with data analytics and AI. In August 2017, Accenture bought a content analytics and enterprise search company called Search Technologies, which has become a part of its Applied Intelligence practice.
Accenture’s (ACN) Communications, Media & Technology operating segment, which contributes ~21% of its total revenue, remains a driving force for the company. In the last five quarters, the Communications, Media & Technology segment has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 5%.
Accenture’s (ACN) “the New” digital, cloud, and security business concept, which is made up of Accenture Interactive, Accenture Applied Intelligence, Accenture Industry X.0, and Accenture Mobility, continues to generate strong business momentum buoyed by increased demand and higher adoption across different industries. According to the company, the name indicates that Accenture will continue to enhance its existing technology or add innovations such as blockchain technology and AI to the business portfolio every year, ensuring that it always stays ahead of its peers in terms of innovation and capabilities—thereby gaining market share.
Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of aerospace and defense executives surveyed feel overwhelmed by the amount of available data from products and services and will increasingly use digital threads and digital twins over the next three years to help overcome this challenge, according to findings of an (ACN) Accenture Research study released today. A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical object — such as a three-dimensional model of an aircraft engine — often used for prototyping, testing and simulation of design manufacture, and serviceability to gain efficiencies in product development. A digital thread is an extension of the digital twin into a product’s lifecycle from concept through design, engineering, supply chain, manufacturing and the aftermarket, tying real-life data and analytics to the virtual world to develop better products and services.
Accenture (ACN) and Thales are demonstrating at the Farnborough Air Show a new blockchain-based system that could help secure and streamline the complex global supply chains supporting the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. Based on Hyperledger Fabric, a Hyperledger project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the prototype combines blockchain, internet-of-things and other innovative technologies – including Thales’s physically unclonable function (PUF) solution for silicon chips and Chronicled’s tamper-proof cryptoseals – to track, trace and authenticate aircraft parts and materials. Developed jointly by Accenture and Thales as part of Thales’ firmwide digital innovation program, the solution provides a single, shared view of the supply chain – and an immutable audit trail – for partnering suppliers, manufacturers and operators.
In order to drive its data analytics and AI platform, Accenture (ACN) bought machine learning firm Kogentix yesterday. However, the financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Boeing is tipped to release a new plane that will become the 797 series. A senior aviation executive at Accenture says the uncertainty caused by the trade war could delay the project. Boeing has previously said it wants a new mid-sized airliner in the skies by 2025.
Mortgage Cadence, an Accenture company, has integrated ComplianceAnalyzer®, a leading compliance solution from ComplianceEase®, with the Enterprise Lending Center , Mortgage Cadence’s proprietary loan-origination platform.
3M is one of six companies in the ranking that scored in the top 15% to 20% in all five categories of management effectiveness. The company, No. 8 overall in the ranking, is well known for consumer products such as Post-it Notes and masking tape but makes a wide range of business products as well, including industrial adhesives, electronics and energy products. In addition to innovation, the Management Top 250 evaluates companies’ management on consumer satisfaction, social responsibility, financial strength and employee engagement and development.
Accenture (ACN) has acquired Kogentix, a company providing big data and AI services and solutions that help enterprises make better decisions with their data. Kogentix, headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., will strengthen Accenture Applied Intelligence’s growing data engineering business, particularly in North America, as companies are increasingly looking to harness open source big data and advanced analytics technologies to identify revenue growth and cost reduction opportunities across the enterprise.
Accenture has been named a Leader in an IDC Health Insights IDC MarketScape vendor assessment covering business process outsourcing across the life sciences research and development industry.
Accenture (ACN) has acquired an artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Bay Area, California-based Real Time Analytics Platform, Inc. The technology will be integrated into the Accenture Touchless Testing Platform, further strengthening its analytics and cognitive capabilities. Real Time Analytics Platform leverages AI in the form of machine learning, neural networks and natural language processing (NLP) to analyze every stage of the software testing life cycle, enabling users to make data-driven decisions that reduce defects, optimize test case execution and enhance the power of human decision-making in this process. "Continuous testing is increasingly important as companies look to software as a means of competitive advantage," said Kishore Durg, senior managing director, Growth & Strategy and global testing lead for Accenture Technology.
This morning, WallStEquities.com reexplores the Information Technology Services market, which breaks down into custom computer programming services, computer systems design services, and computer-related services. Under assessment today are the following stocks: Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN), Acxiom Corp. (NASDAQ: ACXM), Atlassian Corp. PLC (NASDAQ: TEAM), and CDW Corp. (NASDAQ: CDW).
Accenture (ACN) today announced that George Batsakis, a defense industry leader, has joined Accenture Federal Services to head its defense and intelligence practice. In his new role, Batsakis will be responsible for developing and delivering innovative solutions for the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, military health providers, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other U.S. federal clients. Through his career, he has led the implementation of large-scale information technology programs and managed diverse defense and national security project portfolios, which guide his understanding of the mission-critical needs for defense and intelligence clients.
“I was starting from scratch (again),” said Roytman, now senior managing director of Accenture Interactive across Europe, Africa and Latin America (EALA). “I joined Digitas — Digitas is an agency in the States.
Digital tools are spreading rapidly beyond corporate information-technology hubs and into most business units at firms in nearly every sector of the economy. “The model of security as an enforcement arm just hasn’t worked” at preventing cyber attacks, Ryan LaSalle, managing director and North America Lead at Accenture Security, told CIO Journal. Instead, large firms need to extend security efforts “to get closer to the edge of the business, where the revenue is generated and where they can increase their effectiveness,” he added.
Accenture (ACN), a leading IT solution provider, formed a partnership with RiskBlock Alliance, a Blockchain association, to develop a production-grade platform to create and implement Blockchain and distributed ledger use cases. RiskBlock Alliance, which deals with the risk management and insurance sector, will act as the lead framework architect to implement and test multiple use cases by the end of 2018. Accenture will also support RiskBlock by building and testing its use cases.
With the proliferation of more and more sensitive data, expanding connectivity, and the adoption of automated processes, new research from Accenture (ACN) reveals that C-suite and IT decision makers need to embrace a different approach to cybersecurity to effectively protect against future cyber risks. While most companies have a chief information security officer (CISO) or assigned cybersecurity to a C-suite executive, such as a chief information officer (CIO), often, these leaders have limited influence on cybersecurity strategy outside their departments. In the study “Securing the Future Enterprise Today - 2018," 73 percent of the more than 1,400 C-level executives polled agreed that cybersecurity staff and activities need to be dispersed throughout all parts of the organization, but cybersecurity remains centralized in 74 percent of companies.
The Institutes RiskBlock™ Alliance is joining forces with Accenture in a move that will see both companies expand the use of blockchain technology within the insurance sector. Accenture joins the Alliance as the lead framework architect responsible for developing a “production-grade platform” to create and implement blockchain use cases.The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance is a consortium of industry experts who seek to advance “insurance-specific use cases via RiskBlock’s interoperable blockchain architecture.” RiskBlock was created by The Institutes, a leading and trusted insurance knowledge group committed to developing the risk management and insurance industry.Accenture is a professional services firm that helps clients improve performance and create sustainable value, while driving innovation that enhances the way the “world works and lives.”As lead framework architect, Accenture will be responsible for conceptualizing, designing and developing the platform that will be used by the consortium to support and execute its industry-driven use cases. They will also provide support on an ongoing basis after development for maintaining the platform as the needs change and technologies evolve.Accenture’s global insurance lead, Michael Costonis, told Bitcoin Magazine , “Accenture is building out the blockchain framework to allow for ease of use by RiskBlock’s membership and eventually for other stakeholders within the insurance ecosystem.”He said, “As insurers increasingly rely on partnerships to create business efficiencies and improve customer experiences, blockchain technology will be critical to holding partners accountable without first needing to establish trust.”RiskBlock plans to serve industry policyholders and save costs by “streamlining payments, reducing fraud and improving the accuracy of customer data” using applications and tools developed via its interoperable blockchain architecture. Christopher G. McDaniel, president of The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance, said the consortium is committed to creating insurance solutions using blockchain technology.“Partnering with Accenture to develop real-world blockchain applications will lead to better insurance solutions and chart a clear course for effectively implementing blockchain technology throughout the insurance industry,” McDaniel said.Earlier this year, The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance developed a blockchain-based subrogation tool that improved efficiencies in the accounting and payment areas of claim processing. This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.