NATI stock: buy or sell?

NATI stock price: $39.92 1.24% At close on May 21st, 2019

Updated on:
May 21st, 2019


National Instruments raised a beatiful 1.24% and closed at $39.92.

National Instruments Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells systems to engineers and scientists worldwide. It offers LabVIEW, a system design software for measurement, automation, and control; LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA, which are software add-ons to LabVIEW; LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite for wireless prototyping; LabWindows\u002FCVI for creating test and control applications; and Measurement Studio consisting of measurement and automation add-on libraries, and additional tools for programmers.

Should I buy NATI stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. Following a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, National Instruments 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 National Instruments stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. At, we found 1 rating published for NATI stock in the last month.

Is NATI a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-5-1Deutsche BankBuyHold

NATI stock analysis

Daily outlook

National Instruments shares raised 1.24% to $39.92 today.

National Instruments raised a beatiful 1.24% and closed at $39.92. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed down on May 1st, NATI fell $-6.90 per share (-14.74%).

NATI stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After sliding a spooky -5.32% in a week last week, National Instruments closed this week at $39.92 and slightly fell a disappointing -0.70%. Counting this, it's been 4 sliding weeks in a row, loosing $-7.51 (-16.10%).

National Instruments stock slid through the support line what triggered further losses. Since late April, when NATI stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-7.51 per share (-15.83%). Stocks under the 200 days moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders.

NATI stock chart (weekly)

NATI stock price history

NATI stock went public on March 14th, 1995 with a price of $2.711. Since then, NATI stock surged a 1,373.10%, with an average of 57.20% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in NATI stock in 1995, it would worth $13,731.00 today.

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

NATI stock historical price chart

NATI stock reached 52-week highs on November at $50.29, and all-time highs 2018-03-08 with a price of 52.16.

NATI stock price target

Predicting 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. For the last 30 days we have not found any price target for National Instruments stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on April 24th, National Instruments plunged a hair-raising -15.76%. As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will update this report.
NATI earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual sales report draw a fine gain of 5.41% to $1,359.13 M USD. In the same way, its income margin (compared to revenues) jumped to 11.41%, that is $155.06 million.

To have an updated view of the financial situation of National Instruments, 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 National Instruments TTM sales up to March 2019 were $1,358.31 and earnings were $154.01 million USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem National Instruments business evolution since December 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, stayed constant a neutral -0.06%. In the same way, profit margin (net income/revenues) stayed constant at 11.41%.

NATI annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$1,170 M-$81 M6.9%-
2014$1,244 M6.31%$126 M10.2%56.92%
2015$1,225 M-1.48%$95 M7.8%-24.59%
2016$1,228 M0.22%$83 M6.7%-13.15%
2017$1,289 M4.98%$52 M4.1%-36.65%
2018$1,359 M5.41%$155 M11.4%195.85%
TTM $1,358 M-0.06%$154 M11.3%-0.68%

Quarterly financial results

National Instruments reported $311.07 million in sales for 2019-Q1, a -13.61% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $23.22 M with a profit margin of 7.46%. Profit margin slipped a -8.24% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 15.70%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, National Instruments sales marked a tight movement and stayed steady a -0.26%.
NATI quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$318 M-$25 M7.9%-
2017-Q3$322 M1.38%$33 M10.4%32.71%
2017-Q4$350 M8.51%$-24 M-6.9%-172.72%
2018-Q1$312 M-10.82%$24 M7.8%-199.94%
2018-Q2$341 M9.33%$31 M9.1%27.96%
2018-Q3$346 M1.50%$43 M12.5%39.09%
2018-Q4$360 M4.04%$57 M15.7%30.90%
2019-Q1$311 M-13.61%$23 M7.5%-58.93%

National Instruments ownership

When you are planning to buy a company, it's always 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 National Instruments, 13.27% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of National Instruments stock, 78.70% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for NATI stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to National Instruments:

Market cap$5.3 B$21.9 B$19.7 B$15.5 B$93.2 B
Total shares131.9 M317.5 M227.8 M83.9 M715.9 M
Float shares113.0 M316.1 M224.5 M83.3 M635.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)78.7%88.2%87.7%98.2%79.9%
  - Insider holdings (%)13.3%0.4%0.5%1.2%11.4%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

NATI summary

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Day range$39.48 - $40.06
Previous close$39.43
Session gain1.24%
Average true range$1.00
50d mov avg$44.46
100d mov avg$44.76
200d mov avg$45.44
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06c

National Instruments performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. We picked Agilent Technologies, AMTEK, ANSYS, Danaher, Synopsys, Teradyne and Wireless Telecom as the bechmarking frame for National Instruments stock.
NATINational Instrume...-13.76%-13.39%-1.36%
AAgilent Technolog...-11.92%1.52%10.15%
WTTWireless Telecom-14.36%-8.28%-35.15%

National Instruments competitors

One check before investing in any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for National Instruments. We picked 7 companies as National Instruments competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.