WERN stock: buy or sell?

WERN stock price: $38.73 0.16% At close on January 17th, 2020

Updated on:
January 17th, 2020

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Werner Enterprises stayed constant 0.16% yesterday to $38.73 after reaching all time highs on January 16th. With Friday, it's been 5 green sessions in a row, adding $1.71 or 4.68%.

Werner Enterprises, Inc., a transportation and logistics company, engages in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in interstate and intrastate commerce in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and Australia.

Should I buy WERN stock?

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Currently, 2 buy setups work for Werner Enterprises stock right now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highYes
New 52 week highYes
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo

Is Werner Enterprises stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 6 ratings published for WERN stock in the last month.

Is WERN a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-3CitigroupNeutralBuy
2019-7-8Morgan Stanleyn/aBuy
2019-7-26Morgan Stanleyn/aOverweight
2019-7-26Credit Suisse Groupn/aUnderperform
2019-7-11Credit Suisse GroupNeutralUnderperform
2019-4-2Buckingham ResearchBuyBuy

WERN stock analysis

Daily outlook

Werner Enterprises stayed steady 0.16% to $38.73 after yesterday all time highs.

Werner Enterprises stayed stable 0.16% to $38.73 after reaching all time highs on January/16. On Jan/16, WERN hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $39.11 recorded on October. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences. On August WERN price bounced up over the SMA of 100 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock.

WERN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Werner Enterprises shares touched new all time highs again this week, setting highs to $39.20. Shares ended at $38.73 and escalated 4.62% during the week.

Observing the weekly chart, WERN marked an uptrend of rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last top late October 2019 at $39.11, price slid and bounced up back from $34.89. Breaking down under $34.89 would cancel the current uptrend and it might test lower supports. Note that $39.11 might act as a resistance line. Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up by mid June 2019, WERN climbed $9.89 (34.29%). By mid May 2019, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 35.47%.

WERN stock chart (weekly)

WERN stock price history

WERN stock went public on June 20th, 1986 with a price of $1.341. Since then, WERN stock surged a 2,790.30%, with a yearly average of 84.60%. If you had invested right after WERN's IPO a $1,000 in WERN stock in 1986, it would worth $27,903.00 today.

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

WERN stock historical price chart

WERN stock reached all-time highs on Jan/16 with a price of $39.20.

WERN stock price target is $38.60

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. 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 5 price targets for Werner Enterprises stock released in the last month:
WERN stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-3CitigroupUpgrades$32.00$40.0025%
2019-7-8Morgan StanleySet Price Targetn/a$42.00-
2019-7-26Morgan StanleyLowers Target$42.00$41.00-2.4%
2019-7-26Credit Suisse GroupLowers Target$29.00$28.00-3.4%
2019-4-2Buckingham ResearchLowers Target$43.00$42.00-2.3%
(in average)$36.50$38.606.0%
The price forecast for Werner Enterprises stock is $38.60, moving in a range between $42.00 and $28.00. In average, analysts' outlook on WERN price target is positive, increasing the forecast by a 6.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Werner Enterprises presented beatiful results for 2018-Q4 on February. Werner Enterprises jumped Earnings per Share (EPS) by 10.30%, beating experts consensus of $0.68. Werner Enterprises posted $0.75.
WERN earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a0.32n/a
2017-Q32017-10-190.320.31-3.1%
2017-Q42018-01-290.390.427.7%
2018-Q12018-04-190.370.382.7%
2018-Q22018-07-230.50.6122.0%
2018-Q32018-10-180.60.6610.0%
2018-Q42019-02-060.680.7510.3%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, Werner Enterprises annual sales boosted a dazzling 16.12% to $2,457.91 million USD from $2,116.74 marked in 2017. Instead, its earnings margin (compared to sales) depreciated to 6.84%, that is $168.15 million.

WERN annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$2,030 M-$87 M4.3%-
2014$2,139 M5.38%$99 M4.6%13.67%
2015$2,094 M-2.14%$124 M5.9%25.41%
2016$2,009 M-4.04%$79 M3.9%-36.04%
2017$2,117 M5.36%$203 M9.6%156.40%
2018$2,458 M16.12%$168 M6.8%-17.12%

Quarterly financial results

Werner Enterprises posted $646.37 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 2.64% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $54.56 M with a profit margin of 8.44%. Profit margin remained steady a 0.90% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 7.55%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, Werner Enterprises sales marked an exceptional growth and skyrocketed a 13.92%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Werner Enterprises posted 3 negative quarters in a row.
WERN quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$520 M-$23 M4.5%-
2017-Q3$529 M1.76%$23 M4.3%-3.01%
2017-Q4$567 M7.33%$141 M24.9%526.71%
2018-Q1$563 M-0.83%$28 M4.9%-80.30%
2018-Q2$619 M10.03%$38 M6.2%37.61%
2018-Q3$630 M1.71%$48 M7.5%24.17%
2018-Q4$646 M2.64%$55 M8.4%14.84%
2019-Q1$596 M-7.77%$36 M6.1%-33.86%

Werner Enterprises 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 Werner Enterprises, 36.17% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of Werner Enterprises stock, 66.93% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for WERN stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Werner Enterprises:

WERN
Market cap$2.7 B
Total shares69.2 M
Float shares44.4 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)66.9%
  - Insider holdings (%)36.2%
Shares in short selling0.0%

WERN summary

Friday, January 17th, 2020
Open$38.52
Close$38.73
Day range$38.12 - $39.00
Previous close$38.67
Session gain0.16%
Average true range$0.77
50d mov avg$36.81
100d mov avg$35.90
200d mov avg$33.19
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lb03a

Werner Enterprises performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. In the following table, we compare Werner Enterprises performance to :
Stock3m6m12m
WERNWerner Enterprise...6.96%18.88%32.86%

Werner Enterprises competitors

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