WERN stock: buy or sell?

WERN stock price: $31.89 -0.53% At close on August 22nd, 2019

Updated on:
August 22nd, 2019


Werner Enterprises closed today at $31.89 and declined a bad -0.53%.

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, 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 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. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 5 ratings published for WERN stock in the last month.

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 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%).

WERN stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

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 chart (weekly)

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 $38.30

Nobody 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:
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%
The price forecast for Werner Enterprises stock is $38.30, moving in a range between $42.00 and $28.00. In average, analysts' outlook on WERN price forecast is stable from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

On 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.
WERN earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 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.

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 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.
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 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 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

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Day range$31.82 - $32.34
Previous close$32.06
Session gain-0.53%
Average true range$0.82
50d mov avg$31.40
100d mov avg$30.64
200d mov avg$29.85
Daily patternlt03a
Weekly pattern lb03a

Werner Enterprises performance

To 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.
WERNWerner Enterprise...8.91%2.94%-1.54%
CVTICovenant Transpor...-10.55%-40.10%-48.61%
HTLDHeartland Express6.82%-2.70%0.80%
JBHTJ.B. Hunt Transpo...14.49%-6.07%-16.85%
KNXKnight Transporta...13.66%1.67%4.48%
MRTNMarten Transport4.80%1.33%-9.14%
PTSIP.A.M. Transporta...-7.62%0.39%-17.87%
ULHUniversal Logisti...-0.35%-10.09%-44.28%
USAKUSA Truck-36.28%-56.95%-62.38%

Werner Enterprises competitors

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