WERN stock: buy or sell?

WERN stock price: $30.71 -3.70% At close on August 23rd, 2019

Updated on:
August 23rd, 2019


Werner Enterprises shares collapsed -3.70% to $30.71 today.

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?

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. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick and when is the best moment to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Werner Enterprises 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 doesn't mean WERN will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Werner Enterprises stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we collected 5 ratings published for WERN stock in the last 30 days.

Is WERN a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
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 shares collapsed -3.70% to $30.71 today.

Shares of Werner Enterprises collapsed a shocking -3.70% and closed at $30.71. On June WERN price bounced up over the SMA of 200 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on June, WERN price climbed $2.91 per share (10.47%).

WERN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Werner Enterprises slipped a fatal -2.38% this week. Counting this, it's been 4 red weeks in a row, sliding $-2.49 or a -7.60%. By mid July WERN skyrocketed a super good 5.65% in just one week.

From a weekly outlook, WERN marked an uptrend of rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last top late July at $33.94, price slid and bounced up back from $30.28. Breaking down under $30.28 would cancel the current uptrend and it might test lower supports. Note that $33.94 might act as a resistance line. By mid June WERN price bounced up over the SMA of 40 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides. Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up by mid May, WERN price climbed $1.97 per share (6.85%).

WERN stock chart (weekly)

WERN stock price history

WERN IPO was on June 20th, 1986 at $1.16 per share1. Since then, WERN stock surged a 2,547.40%, with a yearly average of 77.20%. If you had invested $1,000 in WERN stock in 1986, it would worth $25,474.00 today.

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

WERN stock historical price chart

WERN stock reached 52-week highs on September at $35.91, and all-time highs 2018-01-29 with a price of 38.52.

WERN stock price target is $38.30

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable 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 found 4 price predictions for Werner Enterprises stock:
WERN stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
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)$38.00$38.301.0%
Moving in a range from $42.00 and $28.00, the price prediction for Werner Enterprises stock is $38.30. In average, analysts' outlook on WERN price forecast is stable from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Werner Enterprises reported decent results for 2018-Q4 on February. Werner Enterprises soared 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

Annual financial results

In 2018, Werner Enterprises annual sales rocketed an amazing 16.12% to $2,457.91 million dollars 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 reported $646.37 M in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 2.64% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $54.56 M with a profit margin of 8.44%. Profit margin stayed constant 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 an extraordinary growth and boosted a 13.92%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Werner Enterprises posted 3 positive 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 shares of a company, it's always worth to check its ownership structure.

Werner Enterprises shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 35.87% of all shares.

In case of Werner Enterprises stock, 69.92% 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 next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

Market cap$2.1 B$235.5 M$1.6 B$11.1 B$5.6 B
Total shares69.9 M16.0 M82.0 M108.7 M173.1 M
Float shares44.1 M12.5 M45.1 M84.4 M123.9 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)69.9%75.9%61.0%73.5%90.5%
  - Insider holdings (%)35.9%36.8%48.9%20.4%9.7%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

WERN summary

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Day range$30.61 - $31.68
Previous close$31.89
Session gain-3.70%
Average true range$0.82
50d mov avg$31.40
100d mov avg$30.64
200d mov avg$29.86
Daily patternlt03a
Weekly pattern lb03a

Werner Enterprises performance

To better understand Werner Enterprises performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare Werner Enterprises performance to Covenant Transportation, Heartland Express, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Knight Transportation, Marten Transport, P.A.M. Transportation Services, Universal Logistics and USA Truck:
WERNWerner Enterprise...4.88%-0.87%-5.19%
CVTICovenant Transpor...-10.91%-40.34%-48.82%
HTLDHeartland Express5.82%-3.61%-0.15%
JBHTJ.B. Hunt Transpo...14.33%-6.20%-16.96%
KNXKnight Transporta...7.65%-3.70%-1.04%
MRTNMarten Transport4.38%0.92%-9.51%
PTSIP.A.M. Transporta...-8.31%-0.35%-18.48%
ULHUniversal Logisti...0.90%-8.96%-43.58%
USAKUSA Truck-36.76%-57.28%-62.67%

Werner Enterprises competitors

We picked a few stocks to conform a list of Werner Enterprises competitors to watch if you are interested in investing in WERN: