Analyst Ratings for AutoNation Inc. (AN)

Updated: 2017-07-26

Shares of AutoNation Inc. (NYSE:AN) have received a consensus rating of Hold from Wall Street analysts. About 30 days ago, AN was issued an average rating of Hold.

A buy rating was issued by 4 analysts, 2 issued an overweight rating, 12 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 2 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for AN. The maximum price target given was 57, which equates to a potential upside of 34.18 percent. The minimum price target given was 38, implying potential capital losses of -10.55 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. That number becomes -1.51 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.26 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -1.39 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of AN to grow at a rate of -8.66 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. AN has a PEG ratio of -1.16.

In the trailing 52-weeks, AN hit 54.15 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 38.20. Currently the stock is 11.2 percent higher than its low, and 21.55 percent below the high. AN has a price/earnings ratio of 10.02. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The AN value stock report compares AN to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.34 billion. AN is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.