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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN)?

The company in question is, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) currently with a stock price of 48.26 (0.27% today). The market cap for AutoNation, Inc. is 5002.15, and is in the sector Services, and Auto Dealerships industry. The target price for AutoNation, Inc. is 56.78. Currently AutoNation, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 12.34, and a forward P/E of 10.29. Average volume for AutoNation, Inc. is 965.54 and so far today it is 269910.

Performance in the last year for AutoNation, Inc. has been -19.77%. For EPS growth, AutoNation, Inc. has seen a growth of 10.30%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 9.94%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 21.30% over the last five years and could be 9.57% for the next five years. AutoNation, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at 4.20%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at 8.10%. The 20-day simple moving average is -0.51%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to -0.83%.

Since the IPO date for AutoNation, Inc. on the 03/03/1992, AutoNation, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be -19.33%. With AutoNation, Inc. trading at 48.26, the dividend yield is *TBA, and the EPS is 3.9.

So could AutoNation, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 12.34. The PEG is 1.29, P/S is 0.24 and the P/B is at 2.3. The P/cash is 91.45, with P/free cash flow at 19.05.

AutoNation, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.8, and the quick ratio is 0.2. This is with long term debt/equity at 0.81, and total debt/equity at 1.93.

In terms of margins, AutoNation, Inc. has a gross margin of 15.60%, an operating margin of 4.10% and a profit margin of 2.00%.Payout ratio for AutoNation, Inc. is 0.00%. Return on assets come to 4.40% with return on investment coming to 10.10%.

Insider ownership for AutoNation, Inc., is at 0.10% and institutional ownership comes to 95.40%. Outstanding shares are at 103.93. While shares float is 90.01. The float short is currently 8.71%, and short ratio is 8.12.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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