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Current Performance: Heartland Express (NASDAQ: HTLD)

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Heartland Express is part of the transportation and logistics industry and is part of the industrials sector. The company CEO is Michael J. Gerdin. Heartland Express Inc is a short-to-medium-haul truckload carrier of general commodities. The company provides transportation service to shippers, using late-model equipment and a combined fleet of company-owned and owner-operator tractors.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The HTLD stock showed a previous change of -0.59% with an open at 20.49 and a close of 20.40. It reached an intraday high of 20.68 and a low of 20.23.

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Liquidity:

The stock has a market cap of $1.7b with 81.9m shares outstanding, of which the float is 57.4m shares. Trading volume reached 330,253 shares compared to its average volume of 393,237 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, Heartland Express shares returned 2.93% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 1.95%. Over three months, it changed 6.97%. In one year it has changed 3.97% and within that year its 52-week high was 21.66 and its 52-week low was 17.00. HTLD stock is 20.00% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 19.51 and a 50 day moving average of 19.97. Currently HTLD stock is trading 4.59% above its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy.

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Earnings:

The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 0.88 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 23.18. Based on 7 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.24. The TTM EPS is 0.88, which comes to a TTM PE of 23.18. Historically, the PE high was 37.10 and the PE low was 17.00. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 14.96, which is a decrease of -26.66%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  0.27
09-30-2018:  0.23
06-30-2018:  0.22
03-31-2018:  0.16

The dividend per share is currently 0.08, which is a dividend yield of 0.39%. Also, the payout ratio is 9.09%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 26.29, which means it is possibly undervalued and has a margin of safety of 22.41%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 29.80% of insider ownership and 99.50% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 0, which is 0.00% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 0.00.

The current calculated beta is 0.75

Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 12.21%, return on assets is 9.11%, profit margin is 11.90%, price-to-sales is 2.75 and price-to-book is 2.73.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 1  :Valuation Score
 1  :Past Performance Score
 6  :Financial Strength Score
 1  :Future Growth Score
 0  :Dividend Score
 2  :Overall Score

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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.