AutoNation stock: buy or sell?
July 16th, 2019
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.
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None of our preferred buy setups matches with AutoNation stock situation right now, hence 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.At Stocks2.com, we gathered 5 ratings published for AN stock in the last 30 days. The general sentiment of these ratings is bearish for AN stock, with 2 negative ratings.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-2-26||Bank of America||Buy||Buy|
|2019-2-19||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||n/a||Underweight|
|2019-2-13||Seaport Global Securities||n/a||Neutral|
AutoNation stock analysis
Shares of AutoNation inched a slightly good 0.65% and closed at $41.67.
AutoNation shares inched 0.65% to $41.67 today. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on July/2, AN price slid a -1.58%. Since May when AN stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $2.64 (6.76%).
Shares of AutoNation depreciated an unpleasant -0.64% this week.
Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up by mid June, AN price climbed $0.42 per share (1.02%). Since late April when AN stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $3.84 (10.15%).
AutoNation stock price history
AutoNation stock went public on May 11th, 1990 with a price of $2.801. Since then, AN stock surged a 1,388.20%, with a yearly average of 47.90%. If you had invested $1,000 in AutoNation stock in 1990, it would worth $13,882.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
AutoNation stock historical price chart
AN stock reached 52-week highs at $50.02, and all-time highs 2015-04-22 with a price of 67.5.
AutoNation stock price target is $43.50Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. 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. We found 4 price forecasts for AutoNation stock posted in the last month:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-5-6||Morgan Stanley||Raises Target||$27.00||$36.00||33.3%|
|2019-4-30||SunTrust Banks||Raises Target||n/a||$43.00||-|
|2019-2-26||Bank of America||Reiterates||$59.00||$55.00||-6.8%|
|2019-2-19||JPMorgan Chase & Co.||Initiates||n/a||$40.00||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAutoNation disappointed analysts on February when it posted an Earnings per Share (EPS) of $1.10 when the market consensus was $1.14.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a neutral move of -0.57% to $21,412.80 million dollars. Aligned with this, its earnings margin (compared to sales) remained 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 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 1.17% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $92.70 million 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 sales to same quarter last year, AutoNation sales marked an awful loss and slightly fell 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 stock, it's worth to review its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For AutoNation, 13.56% 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 next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:
|Market cap||$0.0 M||$1.6 B||$17.7 B||$1.5 B||$14.4 B|
|Total shares||0.0 M||19.4 M||228.2 M||18.5 M||166.2 M|
|Float shares||58.9 M||17.3 M||200.5 M||15.5 M||153.3 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||87.1%||109.4%||86.9%||106.4%||106.1%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||13.6%||2.2%||12.9%||6.8%||0.5%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Tuesday, July 16th, 2019|
|Day range||$40.91 - $41.81|
|Average true range||$0.87|
|50d mov avg||$40.95|
|100d mov avg||$38.63|
|200d mov avg||$38.22|
AutoNation performanceTo better understand AutoNation performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. We compared AutoNation against Asbury Automotive, Copart, Group 1 Automotive, CarMax, Lithia Motors, Penske Automotive, Rush Enterprises and Sonic Automotive in the following table:
|GPIGroup 1 Automotiv...||13.56%||34.07%||22.83%|