AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the nine analysts that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $41.40.

Several research firms have weighed in on AN. Cfra lowered their price objective on shares of AutoNation from $60.00 to $50.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, May 11th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of AutoNation from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 15th. SunTrust Banks raised their price objective on shares of AutoNation from $28.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 12th. Northcoast Research upgraded shares of AutoNation from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, April 27th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of AutoNation from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 12th.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Twin Tree Management LP bought a new position in AutoNation during the 1st quarter worth approximately $28,000. Wealth Quarterback LLC bought a new position in AutoNation during the 4th quarter worth approximately $38,000. US Bancorp DE boosted its stake in AutoNation by 18.0% during the 1st quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 2,971 shares of the company’s stock worth $83,000 after acquiring an additional 453 shares during the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC bought a new position in AutoNation during the 4th quarter worth approximately $90,000. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its stake in AutoNation by 15.2% during the 1st quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 4,059 shares of the company’s stock worth $114,000 after acquiring an additional 535 shares during the last quarter. 63.64% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of AutoNation stock opened at $37.67 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.55 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a quick ratio of 0.21, a current ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84. The company has a 50-day simple moving average of $39.19 and a 200 day simple moving average of $40.21. AutoNation has a 12-month low of $20.59 and a 12-month high of $53.19.

AutoNation (NYSE:AN) last announced its earnings results on Monday, May 11th. The company reported $0.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.66 by $0.25. The business had revenue of $4.67 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.58 billion. AutoNation had a net margin of 0.60% and a return on equity of 13.97%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.01 EPS. On average, equities analysts anticipate that AutoNation will post 3.09 earnings per share for the current year.

About AutoNation

AutoNation, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. It offers a range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; and parts and services, such as automotive repair and maintenance, and wholesale parts and collision services.

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