AstroNova stock: buy or sell?

ALOT stock price: $24.94 -0.80% At close on July 15th, 2019

Updated on:
July 15th, 2019

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AstroNova shares decreased -0.80% to $24.94 today. With Monday it's been 4 sliding days in a row, loosing $-1.06 (-4.11%).

AstroNova, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes specialty printers, and data acquisition and analysis systems in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

Should I buy AstroNova stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to choose your own trading strategy that fits your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with AstroNova stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean ALOT will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is AstroNova stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for ALOT stock for the last month.

AstroNova stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of AstroNova closed today at $24.94 and decreased a bad -0.80%.

AstroNova shares decreased -0.80% to $24.94 today. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on April, ALOT price climbed $0.12 per share (0.48%). On March ALOT price bounced up over the SMA of 200 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. On May, ALOT hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on May tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

ALOT stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of AstroNova ended this week at $24.94 and slightly fell a lame -0.80%.

AstroNova stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Not so far away is the last all-time high AstroNova marked by mid May. Early April, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 3.53%. By mid March ALOT price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides.

ALOT stock chart (weekly)

AstroNova stock price history

AstroNova IPO was on October 2nd, 1981 at $0.53 per share1. Since then, ALOT stock surged a 4,605.70%, with a yearly average of 124.50%. If you had invested $1,000 in AstroNova stock in 1981, it would worth $46,057.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

AstroNova stock historical price chart

ALOT stock reached all-time highs on May with a price of $27.80.

AstroNova stock price target

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we have not found any price prediction for AstroNova stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on March, AstroNova skyrocketed a super good 44.92%. Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
ALOT earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a0.07n/a
2017-Q3-n/a0.11n/a
2017-Q4-n/a0.21n/a
2018-Q12018-03-14n/a0.25n/a
2018-Q22018-06-05n/a0.12n/a
2018-Q32018-08-220.130.1730.8%
2018-Q42018-11-210.110.281.8%
2019-Q12019-03-14n/a0.33n/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2019, AstroNova annual sales boosted an exceptional 20.51% to $136.66 M dollars from $113.40 marked in 2018. When comparing 2019 vs 2018, nonetheless, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) stepped up a 1.30% to 4.19%.

ALOT annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2014$69 M-$1.24 M1.8%-
2014$88 M28.81%$4.66 M5.3%275.81%
2015$88 M0.00%$4.66 M5.3%0.04%
2015$95 M7.15%$4.53 M4.8%-2.83%
2016$95 M0.00%$4.53 M4.8%-0.11%
2016$98 M4.01%$4.23 M4.3%-6.52%
2017$98 M0.00%$4.23 M4.3%-0.05%
2017$113 M15.19%$3.29 M2.9%-22.19%
2018$113 M0.00%$3.29 M2.9%-0.12%
2019$137 M20.51%$5.73 M4.2%74.38%

Quarterly financial results

AstroNova posted $37.17 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 8.69% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $2.31 million with a profit margin of 6.20%. Profit margin inched a 2.06% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 4.14%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, AstroNova sales marked an outstanding increase and climbed a 13.66%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, AstroNova posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
ALOT quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$24 M-$0.51 M2.1%-
2017-Q3$27 M12.35%$0.73 M2.6%41.99%
2017-Q4$29 M4.66%$1.42 M4.9%95.19%
2018-Q1$33 M13.70%$0.63 M1.9%-55.67%
2018-Q2$31 M-3.71%$0.81 M2.6%29.41%
2018-Q3$34 M7.37%$1.19 M3.5%46.68%
2018-Q4$34 M1.15%$1.42 M4.1%18.68%
2019-Q1$37 M8.69%$2.31 M6.2%62.67%

AstroNova ownership

When you are planning to invest in a company, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

AstroNova shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 12.36% of all shares.

In case of AstroNova stock, 59.99% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for ALOT stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

ALOTDDDDHRDOVIART
Market cap$174.3 M$1.0 B$99.0 B$14.4 B$4.2 B
Total shares7.0 M116.7 M701.9 M145.3 M79.0 M
Float shares6.2 M112.0 M635.3 M143.3 M70.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)60.0%69.9%79.9%90.7%85.1%
  - Insider holdings (%)12.4%4.0%11.4%2.6%17.3%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

AstroNova summary

Monday, July 15th, 2019
Open$25.25
Close$24.94
Day range$24.56 - $25.32
Previous close$25.14
Session gain-0.80%
Average true range$0.56
50d mov avg$25.68
100d mov avg$23.66
200d mov avg$21.56
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

AstroNova performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We picked 3D Systems, Danaher, Dover, Integra LifeSciences, Mercury Systems, National Instruments, TransAct Technologies, USA Technologies and Zebra Technologies as the bechmarking frame for AstroNova stock.
Stock3m6m12m
ALOTAstroNova-2.27%28.16%37.71%
DDD3D Systems-19.23%-21.40%-42.80%
DHRDanaher11.44%31.66%40.09%
DOVDover2.17%24.46%26.57%
IARTIntegra LifeScien...5.20%14.37%-14.54%
MRCYMercury Systems6.30%45.99%73.77%
NATINational Instrume...-7.80%-5.12%2.21%
TACTTransAct Technolo...43.29%35.21%10.91%
USATUSA Technologies47.27%43.79%-51.24%
ZBRAZebra Technologie...-15.18%11.00%35.21%

AstroNova competitors

We chose a few stocks to conform a list of AstroNova competitors to review if you are interested in investing in ALOT: