AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) traded at $62.25 at last check on Friday, Oct 16, making a downturn move of -1.22% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $63.02 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.7 with the day’s price range being $61.51 – 63.26. The company has a 12-month trailing PE ratio of 18.1. In terms of its 52-week price range, AN has a high of $63.46 and a low of $20.59. The company’s stock has gained about 15% over that past 30 days.

AutoNation, has a market cap of $5.52 Billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on October 21, 2020. With its Forward Dividend at 0 and a yield of 0%, the company’s investors could be worried for the AN stock to lose ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $1.6, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $5.45 for 2020 and $6 for next year. These figures represent 0.2% and at 0.1% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $5.12 Billion, with a low of $4.56 Billion and a high of $5.53 Billion. The median projection represents growth adding up to -6.3% compared to sales earnings for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecasts for 2020 are expected to hit $19.78 Billion, or -7.3% down from figures reported last year.

There have been 2 upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the AN stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 100% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 100% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Buy.

Based on estimates by 10 analysts where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 6 have rated the AutoNation, Inc. (AN) stock as a Hold, while 3 rate it as a Buy. None analysts rate it as outperform while none of them rated it as underperform, whereas 1 suggests the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Hold and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the AN stock currently stands at 2.35, and the current price level is 10.14% off its SMA20 and 10.1% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 64.81 while the volatility over the past week is 3.44% and jumps to 3.64% over the past one month. The beta value is 1.7, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 2.11. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $65.71, with the estimates having a low of $54 and a high of $77. These price ends are -13.25% and +23.69% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a +2.81% if the AN share price touches on the median price of $64.

Let’s briefly compare AutoNation, (AN) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of -1.22% and +22.35% over the past 12 months for AN competes that of Lithia Motors (LAD), which has seen its stock price fall -0.82% in the latest trading session and is +114.35% over the last one year. Another of its peers Penske Automotive Group (PAG) has climbed 0.38% today, and is +17.6% up over the past year, while Group 1 Automotive (GPI) is also down -1.22% yet its price remains in the green at 22.35% over the same period. Lithia has a P/E ratio of 23.18 compared to AutoNation,’s 18.1 and Penske’s 14.24. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at 0.01% and 0.39%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 806.85 Million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 686.65 Million. Current shares outstanding are 87.22 Million.

According to data from Thomson Reuters, insiders hold 11.64% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 84.45%. The data shows that short shares as of September 29, 2020, stood at 3.85 Million at a short ratio of 6.34. This represents a 4.41% Short interest in Shares outstanding on September 29, 2020. Shares short dropped in September from the previous month at 3.85 Million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock +28.01% up in year-to-date price movement.