AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) is trading up 30.17% versus 12-month low of 39.28 and stands -5.58% lower from its 1-year peak of $54.15. The consensus price target (PT) of $52.89 means that the market expects Company shares to increase by 4.6% in the short run. The sell-side target prices range from $43 to $57. In the last month the stock has moved in price 2.51%, with a one year change of 5.36%. The last trading session volume compares with the 957.20K average and market worth floats around 5.25B.

AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) gained 1.17% to reach at the trading price of $51.13 as it is set to release its next quarterly earnings report on February 02, 2017. AutoNation, Inc. stock trades in the range of $50.35 to $51.65 before the earnings release. Let’s take a closer look at the current earnings forecast, particularly the things traders should pay close attention to. Earnings per share for the recently concluded quarter is expected to come in at $0.96 a share with $5.58B in revenue.

AutoNation, Inc. (AN) Future Earnings & History

After upcoming fiscal quarter results, all eyes will be on the prospects for the next reporting quarter. Analysts, on average, forecast AutoNation, Inc. to earn $1.01 per share (EPS) on revenue of $5.32B. The EPS consensus range is $0.93-$1.1 on revenue between $5.4B and $5.18B.

While if we look at the Earnings Track Record, AutoNation, Inc. (AN) managed to surpass quarterly earnings per share estimates in 6 of the trailing twelve fiscal quarters, and has a positive trend with an average surprise of 50%. Last time the company reported, AutoNation, Inc. (AN) generated $1.11 in earnings per share, missing the consensus estimate of $1.15. Revenues hit $5.57B in the September 2017 quarter, which was below the consensus $5.61B projection. On the other hand, in the June 2017 quarter the company recorded a net $5.44B revenue with earnings per share of $1.08. Wall Street had anticipated $5.5B and $1.05, respectively. For comparison, there was a revenue of $5.12B and EPS of $0.96 in the March 2016 period.

AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) Analyst Insights

The buoyancy in the outlook of AutoNation, Inc. (AN) is getting weaker by the somewhat negative sentiment (2.80 on a 5-point scale) that sell-side analysts have provided concerning it. Brokerage firms on the average advocate the company shares as Buy. Goldman has been covering shares of AN, so it is most recent view is worth a look. In a research note issued on Oct 31, 2016, analysts at downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. Another noteworthy analyst activity was recorded on Oct 06, 2016. Goldman Analysts lifted the stock to Neutral from Sell.