AstroNova stock: buy or sell?

ALOT stock price: $26.32 0.11% At close on May 21st, 2019

Updated on:
May 21st, 2019

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AstroNova remained stable 0.11% to $26.32 after reaching all time highs on Wednesday.

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 plan that matches with your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, AstroNova stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is AstroNova stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for ALOT stock for the last 30 days.

AstroNova stock analysis

Daily outlook

AstroNova remained stable 0.11% today to $26.32 after reaching all time highs on Wednesday.

After topping to all time highs on Wednesday, AstroNova remained constant 0.11% to $26.32. On Apr/12, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 5.45%. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed up on March, ALOT climbed $6.94 (35.81%). From a daily perspective, ALOT is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($24.27, on May/6) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($27.96, on Wednesday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top ALOT might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $27.96 or down under $24.27. On Wednesday, ALOT hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $26.60 recorded on May/14. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

ALOT stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

AstroNova shares slightly fell -0.98% this week, ending at $26.32. Early April ALOT boosted an amazing 15.81% in just one week.

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 last week. Since early April when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, ALOT price gained $2.10 per share (8.67%). 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 stock went public on October 2nd, 1981 with a price of $0.481. Since then, ALOT stock surged a 5,383.30%, with a yearly average of 145.50%. If you had invested $1,000 in AstroNova stock in 1981, it would worth $53,833.00 today.

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

AstroNova stock historical price chart

ALOT stock reached all-time highs on Wednesday with a price of $27.96.

AstroNova stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last 30 days we have not found any price target 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 climbed an extraordinary 52.05%. 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 turnover skyrocketed an extraordinary 20.51% to $136.66 M dollars from $113.40 marked in 2018. However, its income margin (compared to revenues) appreciated to 4.19%, that is $5.73 million.

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 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 8.69% improvement 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 sales to same quarter last year, AstroNova sales marked a super good growth and rocketed 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 buy a company, it's worth to have a look its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For AstroNova, 12.36% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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 context understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

ALOTDDDDHRDOVIART
Market cap$184.0 M$1.0 B$93.2 B$13.8 B$4.3 B
Total shares7.0 M116.7 M715.9 M145.3 M85.5 M
Float shares6.2 M112.2 M635.6 M143.3 M70.6 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

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Open$26.44
Close$26.32
Day range$26.18 - $26.79
Previous close$26.29
Session gain0.11%
Average true range$0.84
50d mov avg$23.50
100d mov avg$21.47
200d mov avg$20.65
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern lt06a

AstroNova performance

To measure stock performance is always good to compare with competitors or related stocks. For AstroNova, the benchmark is made against 3D Systems, Danaher, Dover, Integra LifeSciences, Mercury Systems, National Instruments, TransAct Technologies, USA Technologies and Zebra Technologies.
Stock3m6m12m
ALOTAstroNova38.16%34.91%35.11%
DDD3D Systems-36.92%-28.38%-27.37%
DHRDanaher14.89%27.52%28.26%
DOVDover3.67%13.83%23.06%
IARTIntegra LifeScien...-9.33%-6.29%-21.98%
MRCYMercury Systems9.47%48.83%95.64%
NATINational Instrume...-13.76%-13.39%-1.36%
TACTTransAct Technolo...-14.33%-14.33%-15.48%
USATUSA Technologies64.08%33.86%-49.93%
ZBRAZebra Technologie...-13.70%7.93%14.93%

AstroNova competitors

One check before trading any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for AstroNova. We selected 9 companies as AstroNova competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.