WERN stock: buy or sell?
August 22nd, 2019
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?Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Following a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.
Currently, Werner Enterprises stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is Werner Enterprises stock a buy?
Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday.At Stocks2.com, we gathered 5 ratings published for WERN stock in the last month.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-7-26||Credit Suisse Group||n/a||Underperform|
|2019-7-11||Credit Suisse Group||Neutral||Underperform|
WERN stock analysis
Werner Enterprises ended today at $31.89 and declined a bad -0.53%.
Werner Enterprises declined a bad -0.53% and closed at $31.89. On June WERN price bounced up over the SMA of 200 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. Since last June when SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up, WERN price gained $4.09 per share (14.71%).
Shares of Werner Enterprises stepped up a slightly good 1.37% this week. By mid July WERN rocketed an extraordinary 5.65% in just one week.
Observing the weekly chart, 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. By mid May, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 10.96%.
WERN stock price history
WERN stock went public on June 20th, 1986 with a price of $1.161. Since then, WERN stock surged a 2,649.10%, with a yearly average of 80.30%. If you had invested $1,000 in WERN stock in 1986, it would worth $26,491.00 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 $38.30Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. You should not follow the analysts' WERN stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We have 4 price forecasts for Werner Enterprises stock released in the last 30 days:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-7-8||Morgan Stanley||Set Price Target||n/a||$42.00||-|
|2019-7-26||Morgan Stanley||Lowers Target||$42.00||$41.00||-2.4%|
|2019-7-26||Credit Suisse Group||Lowers Target||$29.00||$28.00||-3.4%|
|2019-4-2||Buckingham Research||Lowers Target||$43.00||$42.00||-2.3%|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareOn February, Werner Enterprises reported its latest financial data, posting a nice climb for the Earnings per Share (EPS). Analyst were expecting $0.68 per share, but Werner Enterprises posted $0.75.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2018, Werner Enterprises annual sales climbed an outstanding 16.12% to $2,457.91 million USD from $2,116.74 marked in 2017. By contrast, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) depreciated to 6.84%, that is $168.15 million.
|2013||$2,030 M||-||$87 M4.3%||-|
|2014||$2,139 M||5.38%||$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 M||5.36%||$203 M9.6%||156.40%|
|2018||$2,458 M||16.12%||$168 M6.8%||-17.12%|
Quarterly financial resultsWerner Enterprises posted $646.37 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 2.64% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $54.56 million 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 turnover to same quarter last year, Werner Enterprises sales marked an exceptional gain and skyrocketed a 13.92%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Werner Enterprises posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
|2017-Q2||$520 M||-||$23 M4.5%||-|
|2017-Q3||$529 M||1.76%||$23 M4.3%||-3.01%|
|2017-Q4||$567 M||7.33%||$141 M24.9%||526.71%|
|2018-Q1||$563 M||-0.83%||$28 M4.9%||-80.30%|
|2018-Q2||$619 M||10.03%||$38 M6.2%||37.61%|
|2018-Q3||$630 M||1.71%||$48 M7.5%||24.17%|
|2018-Q4||$646 M||2.64%||$55 M8.4%||14.84%|
|2019-Q1||$596 M||-7.77%||$36 M6.1%||-33.86%|
Werner Enterprises ownershipWhen you are planning to buy a stock, it's 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 context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:
|Market cap||$2.2 B||$236.5 M||$1.7 B||$11.1 B||$5.9 B|
|Total shares||69.9 M||16.0 M||82.0 M||108.7 M||173.1 M|
|Float shares||44.1 M||12.5 M||45.1 M||84.4 M||123.9 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 selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Thursday, August 22nd, 2019|
|Day range||$31.82 - $32.34|
|Average true range||$0.82|
|50d mov avg||$31.40|
|100d mov avg||$30.64|
|200d mov avg||$29.85|
Werner Enterprises performanceTo measure stock performance is always good to compare with competitors or related stocks. For Werner Enterprises, the benchmark is made against Covenant Transportation, Heartland Express, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Knight Transportation, Marten Transport, P.A.M. Transportation Services, Universal Logistics and USA Truck.
|JBHTJ.B. Hunt Transpo...||14.49%||-6.07%||-16.85%|