Do Analysts Recommend You Should Buy AutoNation, Inc. (AN) Stock?

On Thursday, shares of AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) marked $51.43 per share versus a previous $51.82 closing price. With having a -0.75% loss, an insight into the fundamental values of AutoNation, Inc., investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. AN showed a rise of 44.06% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $32.83 – $52.42 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of 29.29% in the period of the last 200 days.

Longbow equity researchers changed the status of AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN) shares to a “Neutral” rating in the report published on May 31st, 2019. Other analysts, including BofA/Merrill, also published their reports on AN shares. BofA/Merrill repeated the rating from the previous report, marking AN under “Buy” rating, in the report published on February 26th, 2019. Additionally, AN shares got another “Underweight” rating from JP Morgan, setting a target price of $40 on the company’s shares, according to the report published in February 19th, 2019. On the other hand, BofA/Merrill Upgrade the “Buy” rating for AN shares, as published in the report on October 24th, 2018. Wolfe Research seems to be going bullish on the price of AN shares, based on the price prediction for AN. Another “Hold” rating came from SunTrust, providing a prediction for price target according to the report published in August 24th, 2018.

AutoNation, Inc. (AN) Analysis

The present dividend yield for AN owners is set at 0, marking the return investors will get regardless of the company’s performance in the upcoming period. However, in order for the company to be able to pay its dividends, just like it is the case with AutoNation, Inc., the company needs to provide a healthy cash flow, currently at the value of 13.52. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording -0.90%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.

In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of AutoNation, Inc. (AN) as it may occur in the future, there are more than several well-rounded types of analysis and research techniques, while equity is most certainly one of the more important indicators into the company’s growth and performance. In this case, you want to make sure that the return on the present equity of 14.50% is enough for you to make a profit out of your investment. You may also count in the quick ratio of the company, currently set at 0.20 so you would make sure that the company is able to cover the debts it may have, which can be easily seen in annual reports of the company.

Set to affect the volatility of a given stock, the average volume can also be a valuable indicator, while AN is currently recording an average of 728.56K in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 2.40%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 3.46%with 5.48% of gain in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $46.33, indicating growth from the present price of $51.43, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in AN or pass.

What to Look for When Analyzing AutoNation, Inc. Shares?

AutoNation, Inc. (AN) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Services sector. If you wish to compare AN shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of 11.84 for AutoNation, Inc., while the value 11.35 can represent an indicator in the future growth of the company in terms of investor’s expectations. The later value should have a steady growth rate, increasing and growing gradually, which serves the purpose of reliably showcasing the progress of the company. The value 4.34 is supported by the yearly ESP growth of 7.60%.

Besides from looking into the fundamentals, you should also note the number of people inside the company owning the shares, as the values should be in line with the expectations of investors. In that spirit, the present ownership of stocks inside the company is set at 0.30%, which can provide you with an insight of how involved executives are in owning shares of the company. In oppose to the executives’ share, the institutional ownership counts 91.40% of shares, carrying an equal significance as an indicator of value, as the presence of large investors may signal a strong company.

Are Institutional Investors Increasing Stakes in AN Shares?

It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in AN in the recent period. That is how Cascade Investment LLC now has an increase position in AN by 0.00% in the first quarter, owning 18.43 million shares of AN stocks, with the value of $874.74 million after the purchase of an additional 0 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP also increased their stake in AN shares changed 20.43% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 4.37 million shares of company, all valued at $207.27 million after the acquisition of additional 740,793 shares during the last quarter.

The Caisse de d�p�t et placement acquired a new position in AutoNation, Inc. during the first quarter, with the value of $172.2 million, and Victory Capital Management, Inc. increased their stake in the company’s shares by 0.82% in the first quarter, now owning 28,175 shares valued at $165.16 million after the acquisition of the additional 3.48 million shares during the last quarter. At the present, 91.40% of AN shares are in the ownership of institutional investors.