The trading price of AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN) closed higher on Tuesday, July 20, closing at $114.17, 7.36% higher than its previous close.
Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it fluctuated between $108.00 and $115.15. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 11.64, while its 5Y monthly beta was 1.65. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $109.27 and a 52-week low of $43.93. Over the past month, the stock has gained 28.61% in value.
AutoNation Inc., whose market valuation is $9.26 billion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Jul 21, 2021 – Jul 26, 2021. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $2.58 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $10.08 for 2021 and $9.62 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 41.60% this year and -4.60% next year.
Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $6.02 billion for the current quarter, with the likely lows of $5.61 billion and highs of $6.22 billion. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2021 is $23.8 billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to grow by 16.70% over what it did in 2021.
A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of AutoNation Inc. No upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest AN has a 100% Buy on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 100% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 100% Buy.
Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned AN a recommendation rating is 12. Out of them, 7 rate it a Hold, while 3 recommend Buy, whereas 1 assign an Overweight rating. 0 analyst(s) have tagged AutoNation Inc. (AN) as Underweight, while 1 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Hold, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.
If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 0.58, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that AN’s price is currently 16.03% off the SMA20 and 15.23% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 72.70, and weekly volatility stands at 4.79%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 3.39%. AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN)’s beta value is currently sitting at 1.62, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 3.93. With analysts defining $65.00-$171.00 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $123.88 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about 43.07% off the estimated low and -49.78% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if AN’s share price rises to $117.50, which is the median consensus price. At that level, AN’s share price would be -2.92% below current price.
To see how AutoNation Inc. stock has been performing in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: AN stock’s performance was 7.36% in the latest trading, and 156.22% in the past year, while Copart Inc. (CPRT) has traded 2.67% on the day and positioned 64.15% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Rush Enterprises Inc. (RUSHA) saw its stock close 3.61% higher in the most recent trading session but was up 55.34% in a year. Furthermore, Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI) showed an increase of 4.92% on the day while its price kept inclining at 138.96% over the past year. AutoNation Inc. has a P/E ratio of 11.64, compared to Copart Inc.’s 40.68 and Rush Enterprises Inc.’s 18.85. Also in last trading session, the S&P 500 Index has surged 1.52%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a positive session, up 1.62% on the day.
An evaluation of the daily trading volume of AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN) indicates that the 3-month average is 915.71K. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 0.94 million.
Currently, records show that 83.10 million of the company’s shares remain outstanding. The insiders hold 19.60% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 82.90%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of May 27, 2021, stood at 2.68 million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 3.45 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 3.33% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in May were up slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 2.4 million. However, since the stock’s price has seen 63.59% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.