WERN stock: buy or sell?

WERN stock price: $34.48 -1.03% At close on March 27th, 2020

Updated on:
March 27th, 2020


Werner Enterprises shares decreased -1.03% to $34.48 yesterday. On Tuesday WERN climbed an amazing 7.12%. On March 20th WERN plunged a bloodcurdling -5.37%.

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?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to choose 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 Werner Enterprises 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 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 Werner Enterprises stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for WERN stock for the last 30 days.

WERN stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of Werner Enterprises closed yesterday at $34.48 and decreased a bad -1.03%.

Shares of Werner Enterprises ended yesterday at $34.48 and decreased a bad -1.03%. From a daily perspective, WERN is in a short term uptrend after plotting its last bottom ($30.21, on Monday) higher than the previous bottom, and its last top ($37.37, on Wednesday) also over the previous top. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top WERN might consolidate in a plain range, waiting to break out over $37.37 or down under $30.21. On February, WERN hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $39.20 recorded on January. New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences.

WERN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Werner Enterprises rocketed an amazing 7.05% this week. Late February WERN plunged a frightening -12.80% in just one week.

Not so far away is the last all-time high Werner Enterprises marked early February. Since price and 40-weeks moving average lines crossed down late February, WERN fell $-3.42 per share (-9.02%). Stocks under the 200 days moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders. Since mid May 2019 when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, WERN price gained $5.89 per share (20.60%).

WERN stock chart (weekly)

WERN stock price history

WERN IPO was on June 20th, 1986 at $1.34 per share1. Since then, WERN stock grew a 2,473.10%, with a yearly average of 74.90%. If you had invested $1,000 in WERN stock in 1986, it would worth $24,731.00 today.

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

WERN stock historical price chart

WERN stock reached all-time highs on February with a price of $40.03.

WERN stock price target

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. 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 detected any price target for Werner Enterprises stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

, Werner Enterprises reported its latest financial data, posting a nice gain for the Earnings per Share (EPS) ratio. Analyst expected $0.68 per share, but Werner Enterprises posted $0.75.
WERN earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, Werner Enterprises annual turnover rocketed an astounding 16.12% to $2,457.91 M USD from $2,116.74 marked in 2017. Instead, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) decreased to 6.84%, that is $168.15 million.

WERN annual Sales and Income evolution
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 M in sales 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 stayed steady a 0.90% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 7.55%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Werner Enterprises sales marked a dazzling increase and climbed a 13.92%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Werner Enterprises posted 3 negative quarters in a row.
WERN quarterly Sales and Income evolution
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 invest in a stock, it's worth to check 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, 36.27% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of Werner Enterprises stock, 65.85% 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.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$2.4 B
Total shares69.4 M
Float shares44.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)65.8%
  - Insider holdings (%)36.3%
Shares in short selling0.0%

WERN summary

Friday, March 27th, 2020
Day range$33.55 - $36.28
Previous close$34.84
Session gain-1.03%
Average true range$2.64
50d mov avg$35.79
100d mov avg$36.28
200d mov avg$34.63
Daily patternlt06a
Weekly pattern

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 :
WERNWerner Enterprise...-4.57%-1.93%14.67%

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.