Home Sectors Consumer Cyclical Current Trend: Group 1 Automotive (NYSE: GPI)

Current Trend: Group 1 Automotive (NYSE: GPI)


Group 1 Automotive is part of the consumer cyclical sector and autos industry. The company CEO is Earl J. Hesterberg. Group 1 Automotive Inc sells new and used cars and light trucks. Its activities include sale service and insurance contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sell vehicle parts.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The GPI stock showed a previous change of 3.07% with an open at 60.00 and a close of 59.71. It reached an intraday high of 60.09 and a low of 58.51.

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The stock has a market cap of $1.1b with 19.2m shares outstanding, of which the float is 17.3m shares. Trading volume reached 212,993 shares compared to its average volume of 236,837 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Group 1 Automotive shares returned 11.19% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 2.95%. Over three months, it changed 2.28%. In one year it has changed -23.75% and within that year its 52-week high was 83.97 and its 52-week low was 48.69. GPI stock is 22.63% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 64.68 and a 50 day moving average of 54.94. Currently GPI stock is trading -7.68% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a good opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 10.08 that ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 5.92. Based on 2 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 2.28. The TTM EPS is 8.73, which comes to a TTM PE of 6.84. Historically, the PE high was 26.90 and the PE low was 5.92. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 51.71, which is a decrease of -13.40%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  2.47
06-30-2018:  2.45
03-31-2018:  1.70
12-31-2017:  2.11

The dividend per share is currently 1.04, which is a dividend yield of 1.74%. Also, the payout ratio is 11.91%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 155.20% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 2,557,158, which is 13.34% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 10.31. This stock has a moderate level of short interest, but may still be a buying opportunity depending on other indicators.

The current calculated beta is 1.81

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 21.41%, return on assets is 4.81%, profit margin is 1.46%, price-to-sales is 0.13 and price-to-book is 0.93.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 3  :Valuation Score
 4  :Past Performance Score
 2  :Financial Strength Score
 0  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 2  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.