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Is Now An Ideal Time To Purchase Li Auto Inc. (NASDAQ: LI) Stock?

Li Auto Inc. (NASDAQ:LI) traded at $23.57 at close of the session on Monday, 01/23/23, made an upward move of 6.84% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $22.06 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.71 with the day’s price range being $22.465 – $23.75. In terms of its 52-week price range, LI has a high of $41.49 and a low of $12.52. The company’s stock has gained about 17.15% over that past 30 days.

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Li Auto Inc. has a market cap of $24.20 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 23, 2023 – Feb 27, 2023. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of -$0.07, with the EPS growth for the year raised at -$0.12 for 2022 and $0.22 for next year. These figures represent -140.00% and 283.30% 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 $1.4 billion, with a low of $1.33 billion and a high of $1.53 billion. The median projection represents growth squeezing down to 15.00% compared to sales growth for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $6.53 billion, or 59.80% up from figures reported last year.

There have been no 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 LI stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 50% Sell.

Based on estimates by 35 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 2 have rated the Li Auto Inc. (LI) stock as a Hold, while 27 rate it as a Buy. 6 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 0 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 0 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Buy and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note the current price level is 11.39% off its SMA20 and 16.61% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 61.78 while the volatility over the past week is 4.93% and jumps to 5.49% over the past one month. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $199.56, with the estimates having a low of $95.08 and a high of $404.29. These price ends are -303.39% and -1615.27% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -754.9% if the LI share price touches on the median price of $201.50.

Coming back to Li Auto Inc. (NASDAQ:LI), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 12.62 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 7.69 million. Current shares outstanding are 975.03 million.

The insiders hold 0.04% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 29.50%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 35.8 million at a short ratio of 3.32. This represents a 3.67% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short rose in October from the previous month at 32.32 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with current price pushing the stock 15.54% up in year-to-date price movement.

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