The stock of AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) is now priced at $54.15 and the shares are -0.41 points down or -0.75% lower compared to its previous closing price of $54.56. The stock had 1.505 million contracts set over the past session. AN shares’ daily volume is compared to its average trading volume at 0.947 million shares. However, it has a float of 76.8 million and although its performance was 20.81% over the week, it’s one to watch. Analysts have given the AN stock a yearly average price target of $51 per share. It means the stock’s downside potential is -5.82% with the AN share price recently placing at $54.47 to $57.09. However, some brokerage firms have priced the stock below the average, including one that has called $54.
The shorts are running away from the AutoNation, Inc. stock, with the latest data on short interest released on June 30, 2020, showing that short interest numbers in the AN shares have declined. Short interest in the stock represents just 6.84% of its float, but the volume has dropped by 0.
In the last trading session, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) raised by $5.3 over the week and gained $16.57 on its 20-day. The stock’s high in the recent session is lower when compared to its 52-week high of $57.09. The stock recorded its established 52-week high on 07/28/20.
Since 03/18/20, the stock has traded to a low of $20.59 at 162.99%, an encouraging piece of data likely to interest most investors out to exploit the stock’s recent surge. The stock has a beta allocation of 1.59. Being above 1 means that the stock’s volatility is higher than the market and traders are keenly watching it.
Looking at current readings, AutoNation, Inc.’s two-week RSI is 74.78. This suggests that the stock is oversold at the moment and that AN shares’ price movement remains not stable. The stochastic readings are equally revealing at 88.83% meaning the AN share price is currently in oversold territory.
The technical chart shows that the AN stock will likely settle at between $55.09 and $56.02 per share. However, if the stock dips below $53.5, then its market would become much weaker. Any downside could see the stock price sliding to levels as low as $52.84.
Currently, the stock is trading in the green of MACD, with a reading of 4.43. Investors always pay attention to any move above or below the zero-line, mainly because the indicator points to the position of the stock’s short-term average relative to its long-term measure. A MACD -a reading above the zero line means that the short-term is above the long-term average. This scenario implies that there is an upward momentum. The opposite is true when the MACD falls below the zero-line.
Analysts at JP Morgan raised their recommendation for AN from Neutral to Overweight in July 24 review. Northcoast analysts downgraded their recommendation of the stock from Buy to Neutral in a flash note released to investors on July 17. Northcoast seeing the improvements upgraded the stock from Neutral to Buy on April 27, placing it at $40.
The average rating for the AN equity is 2.7 and is currently gathering a bullish momentum. Of 9 analysts tracking AutoNation, Inc. polled by Reuters, 7 rated AN as a hold. The remaining 2 analysts were split evenly. However, the split wasn’t equal as a majority (1) rated it as a buy or strong buy. 1 analyst advised investors against buying the stock or to sell if they own any of the stock.
Elsewhere, the AN stock price is 9.91X ahead of its 12-month Consensus earnings per share estimates. The stocks P/S ratio currently stands at 16.1below the group’s average of 54.5. AutoNation, Inc. has its P/E ratio at 1.5, which means that the stock is currently trading at a discount relative to the 2.7 industry average.
Zacks Consensus Estimate forecasts that the current-quarter revenues for AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) will increase by about 14.05%, which will see them reach $5170 million. The company’s full-year revenues are, however, expected to diminish by about -7.08%, down from $21340 million to $19830 million. AN’s expected adjusted earnings should surge almost 39.09% to end up at $1.53 per share, while for the fiscal year, analysts project the company’s earnings to grow by about 18.9% to record $5.41/share.