AutoNation stock: buy or sell?
May 22nd, 2020
AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury.
Should I buy AutoNation stock?You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. That's why is so important to define 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.
None of our preferred buy setups matches with AutoNation stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is AutoNation stock a buy?
Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday.Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for AN stock for the last month.
AutoNation stock analysis
Shares of AutoNation stayed constant a lame -0.33% and closed at $39.79.
AutoNation shares stayed stable -0.33% to $39.79 on Friday. Since last February when AN stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-7.65 per share (-16.13%).
After sliding a bloodcurdling -7.34% in a week by mid May, AutoNation closed this week at $39.79 and rocketed an exceptional 11.46%.
AutoNation stock is drawing an uptrend with rising tops and bottoms. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top, AN might consolidate in a flat-base, waiting to break out over or down under . Since late February, when AN stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-8.86 per share (-18.21%). Trading stocks that are under the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average mark is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support.
AutoNation stock price history
AutoNation stock went public on May 11th, 1990 with a price of $0.001. Since then, AN stock grew a inf%, with a yearly average of inf%. If you had invested right after AN's IPO a $1,000 in AutoNation stock in 1990, it would worth $inf today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
AutoNation stock historical price chart
AN stock reached 52-week highs on November at $53.19, and all-time highs 2015-04-22 with a price of 67.5.
AutoNation stock price targetNobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. You should not follow the analysts' AN stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. For the last 30 days we have not found any price forecast for AutoNation stock by any trusted analyst.
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAutoNation let down experts when it reported an Earnings per Share (EPS) of $1.10 when the analysts' forecast was $1.14.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2018, AutoNation annual sales remained constant a neutral -0.57% to $21,412.80 M dollars from $21,534.60 marked in 2017. Similarly, its income margin (compared to revenues) stayed stable to 1.85%, that is $396.00 million.
|2013||$17,520 M||-||$376 M2.1%||-|
|2014||$19,109 M||9.07%||$419 M2.2%||11.42%|
|2015||$20,862 M||9.17%||$443 M2.1%||5.71%|
|2016||$21,609 M||3.58%||$431 M2.0%||-2.73%|
|2017||$21,535 M||-0.34%||$435 M2.0%||0.95%|
|2018||$21,413 M||-0.57%||$396 M1.8%||-8.88%|
Quarterly financial resultsAutoNation reported $5,411.70 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 1.17% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $92.70 M with a profit margin of 1.71%. Profit margin remained constant a -0.38% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 2.09%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, AutoNation sales marked a tragic correction and depreciated a -4.78%.
|2017-Q2||$5,280 M||-||$88 M1.7%||-|
|2017-Q3||$5,432 M||2.89%||$98 M1.8%||11.17%|
|2017-Q4||$5,684 M||4.62%||$151 M2.7%||55.18%|
|2018-Q1||$5,260 M||-7.45%||$94 M1.8%||-38.07%|
|2018-Q2||$5,392 M||2.51%||$98 M1.8%||4.16%|
|2018-Q3||$5,349 M||-0.79%||$112 M2.1%||14.75%|
|2018-Q4||$5,412 M||1.17%||$93 M1.7%||-17.23%|
|2019-Q1||$4,982 M||-7.94%||$92 M1.8%||-0.76%|
AutoNation ownershipWhen you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's always 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 AutoNation, 11.64% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
Bearish positions for AN 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:
|Market cap||$3.5 B|
|Total shares||87.2 M|
|Float shares||58.3 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||84.5%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||11.6%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%|
|Friday, May 22nd, 2020|
|Day range||$38.73 - $40.07|
|Average true range||$2.36|
|50d mov avg||$32.35|
|100d mov avg||$38.55|
|200d mov avg||$44.28|
AutoNation performancePerformance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. For AutoNation, the benchmark is made against .