GD stock: buy or sell?

GD stock price: $187.60 0.89% At close on February 21st, 2020

Updated on:
February 21st, 2020


Shares of General Dynamics ended today at $187.60 and gained a tiny 0.89%.

General Dynamics Corporation operates as an aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four business groups: Aerospace; Combat Systems; Information Systems and Technology; and Marine Systems.

Should I buy GD stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best moment to buy them. At, 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 General Dynamics 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 GD will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is General Dynamics stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for GD stock for the last 30 days.

GD stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of General Dynamics ended today at $187.60 and gained a tiny 0.89%.

General Dynamics gained a tiny 0.89% and closed at $187.60. On Feb/4 GD price bounced up over the SMA of 200 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock.

GD stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

General Dynamics shares stayed stable -0.24% this week, ending at $187.60. Early February GD boosted an outstanding 6.05% in just one week. Late January GD plunged a dreadful -5.49% in just one week.

In a weekly time frame, General Dynamics stock is drawing an uptrend with rising tops and bottoms. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top, GD might consolidate in a flat-base, waiting to break out over or down under . Since early February when GD stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $12.16 (6.93%). Since early July 2019 when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, GD price gained $7.39 per share (4.10%).

GD stock chart (weekly)

GD stock price history

GD stock historical price chart

GD stock reached 52-week highs on September at $191.56, and all-time highs 2018-04-24 with a price of 221.14.

GD stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable 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 General Dynamics stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since April, when General Dynamics published its last earnings report, it . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
GD earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw an outstanding gain of 16.85% to $36,193.00 M dollars. Nevertheless, its income margin (compared to sales) stayed constant to 9.24%, that is $3,345.00 million.

To have an updated view of the financial situation of General Dynamics, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual General Dynamics TTM sales up to March 2019 were $37,919.00 and earnings were $3,291.00 M USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review General Dynamics business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, inched a good 4.77%. Regarding profit margin, General Dynamics remained stable -0.56% to 9.24%

GD annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$31,220 M-$2,490 M8.0%-
2014$30,852 M-1.18%$2,533 M8.2%1.73%
2015$31,469 M2.00%$2,965 M9.4%17.05%
2016$31,353 M-0.37%$2,955 M9.4%-0.34%
2017$30,973 M-1.21%$2,912 M9.4%-1.46%
2018$36,193 M16.85%$3,345 M9.2%14.87%
TTM $37,919 M4.77%$3,291 M8.7%-1.61%

Quarterly financial results

General Dynamics posted $9,261.00 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -10.76% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $745.00 million with a profit margin of 8.04%. Profit margin remained stable a -0.71% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 8.76%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, General Dynamics sales marked an exceptional growth and rocketed a 22.91%.
GD quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$7,680 M-$749 M9.8%-
2017-Q3$7,580 M-1.30%$764 M10.1%2.00%
2017-Q4$8,277 M9.20%$636 M7.7%-16.75%
2018-Q1$7,535 M-8.96%$799 M10.6%25.63%
2018-Q2$9,186 M21.91%$786 M8.6%-1.63%
2018-Q3$9,094 M-1.00%$851 M9.4%8.27%
2018-Q4$10,378 M14.12%$909 M8.8%6.82%
2019-Q1$9,261 M-10.76%$745 M8.0%-18.04%

General Dynamics ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For General Dynamics, 5.78% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for GD 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 companies:

Market cap$54.3 B
Total shares289.3 M
Float shares257.8 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)87.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)5.8%
Shares in short selling0.0%

GD summary

Friday, February 21st, 2020
Day range$183.61 - $187.86
Previous close$185.95
Session gain0.89%
Average true range$3.13
50d mov avg$181.42
100d mov avg$180.03
200d mov avg$178.90
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

General Dynamics performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We selected as the bechmarking frame for General Dynamics stock.
GDGeneral Dynamics3.16%3.38%11.26%

General Dynamics competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as General Dynamics competitor. This doesn't mean General Dynamics does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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