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AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN) went down by -0.49% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $133.48. The company’s stock price has collected 7.85% of gains in the last five trading sessions. Press Release reported on 11/18/21 that Urban Edge Properties Announces Appointment of Norman Jenkins to Board of Trustees

Is It Worth Investing in AutoNation Inc. (NYSE :AN) Right Now?

AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 8.74 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for AN is at 1.44. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 4 analysts out of 12 who provided ratings for AutoNation Inc. declared the stock was a “buy,” while 0 rated the stock as “overweight,” 8 rated it as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”


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The average price from analysts is $156.13, which is $23.51 above the current price. AN currently public float of 48.95M and currently shorts hold a 10.80% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of AN was 1.07M shares.

AN’s Market Performance

AN stocks went up by 7.85% for the week, with a monthly jump of 1.24% and a quarterly performance of 15.57%, while its annual performance rate touched 95.85%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 3.90% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 3.73% for AutoNation Inc.. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is 2.85% for AN stocks with a simple moving average of 21.19% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of AN

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for AN stocks, with The Benchmark Company repeating the rating for AN by listing it as a “Buy.” The predicted price for AN in the upcoming period, according to The Benchmark Company is $185 based on the research report published on October 22nd of the current year 2021.

Morgan Stanley, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see AN reach a price target of $116, previously predicting the price at $70. The rating they have provided for AN stocks is “Equal-Weight” according to the report published on September 29th, 2021.

The Benchmark Company gave a rating of “Buy” to AN, setting the target price at $120 in the report published on April 22nd of the current year.

AN Trading at 4.48% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought AN to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -4.86% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 3.73%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 3.90%, as shares surge +5.48% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +14.93% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, AN rose by +7.85%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +61.96% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $123.80. In addition, AutoNation Inc. saw 81.96% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at AN starting from EDELSON DAVID B, who sale 2,500 shares at the price of $128.61 back on Nov 12. After this action, EDELSON DAVID B now owns 45,811 shares of AutoNation Inc., valued at $321,534 using the latest closing price.

CASCADE INVESTMENT, L.L.C., the 10% Owner of AutoNation Inc., sale 23,459 shares at $128.28 during a trade that took place back on Oct 26, which means that CASCADE INVESTMENT, L.L.C. is holding 9,871,303 shares at $3,009,326 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for AN

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +4.63 for the present operating margin
  • +16.52 for the gross margin

The net margin for AutoNation Inc. stands at +1.87. The total capital return value is set at 10.73, while invested capital returns managed to touch 7.37. Equity return is now at value 39.10, with 12.80 for asset returns.

Based on AutoNation Inc. (AN), the company’s capital structure generated 160.29 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 61.58. Total debt to assets is 51.27, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 64.26. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 24.69.

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When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 0.52, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.48. The receivables turnover for the company is 22.48 and the total asset turnover is 1.96. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.00.

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