Stock Impressing Investors: AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN)

AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) stock has seen a rise as of late. Shares have hit a new 52-week high after reaching $56.61 during recent trading action. Investors will be watching to see if the name can maintain momentum heading into the new year.Since the start of the calendar year, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN)’s stock has changed 15.62%. Over the last five trading sessions, the stock has moved 7.06%. For the past month, AutoNation, Inc.’s stock has been 2.93%, 22.26% for the last quarter, 40.55% for the past six months and 25.92% for the past 52 weeks.

Based on current stock levels, AutoNation, Inc. shares are trading -0.18% off of the 50-day high and 30.38% away from the 50-day low.

Earnings Per Share (EPS), the portion of a company’s profit distributed to each outstanding common share, is a useful indicator of a company’s profitability. EPS is typically considered to be the most important variable in determining a share’s price. AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN)’s EPS growth this year is 6.80% and the trailing 12-month EPS is $3.97. Covering sell-side analysts are estimating company growth for next year to be 7.92%. On a consensus basis, analysts have given a recommendation of 2.90 on company shares.

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