Earnings from Lithia Motors Inc. [LAD] are scheduled on April 21, 2021, before the market opens. It is expected that the company will report strong earnings for the quarter ending Mar 2021.
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LAD Stock Earnings Outlook For The Current Quarter
The consensus estimates for the quarter suggest that the company would earn $4.76 per share on revenue of $3.91B. Taking a look at the future, the company is projected to report revenue of $4.34B at an earnings per share of $4.93 for the Jun 2021 quarter. The estimates represent year-over-year improvements of 18.70% in revenue and 16.99% in earnings per share for the company.
LAD Stock Earnings Forecast For The Current Year
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For the full financial year, Lithia Motors Inc. [NYSE:LAD] is forecasted to generate revenue of $18.2B. The figure is about $5.08 billion above what the company actually reported for the fiscal year 2020. In terms of EPS, it is estimated to be $20.53 in 2021, which is $2.34 higher than the figure in FY20. Based on current estimates, earnings are expected to grow 12.90% this year, 17.10% next year, and 21.00% annually over the next five years. With regard to sales, forecasts suggest an incline of 38.70% in current fiscal year and 18.70% over following year.
LAD Stock Price Performance
At the close of Tuesday’s session, Lithia Motors Inc. [NYSE:LAD] finished down -3.24% at $374.79. The stock’s highest single-day price was $387.80, and its lowest was $366.95. Its price fall -3.38% in the last five days. Since the beginning of the year, Lithia Motors Inc.’s shares are up nearly 28.06%. However, the share price is -10.33% below its one year high. The top price reached by the shares of the company was $417.98 on 03/17/21, while the 52-week low came on 01/04/21, when the shares were $279.51. In the past year, shares of the company have risen 313.54%. At 50 days, the moving average achieved is $383.90 while at 200 days, the moving average is $292.94. There were 0.34 million shares traded in the last session, up from 0.27 million in the previous session.
Lithia Motors Inc. [NYSE:LAD] Stock Valuation Metrics
With a prevailing 12-month PE ratio of 19.50, Lithia Motors Inc. [LAD] does qualify as a good candidate for the list of underestimated low-priced stocks that should be purchased sooner rather than later. By this measure, the company’s stock is trading at a discount to the industry average of 23.52 times trailing earnings. Investors may find it helpful to look at historical price-sales ratios, and in the case of this stock, 0.78 PS value ratio is reported for the last one year of reported earnings. This is below the average return 0.83 for the industry, which means LAD offers an attractive investment opportunity than its competitors do.
LAD Share Price Support And Resistance Levels
Based on the daily chart, the immediate backing lies around the 374.79 level, and the violation of this level will cause a further drop to 365.23 level. At the upper end, 406.93 remains a key resistance. As the stock increases, it may find resistance at 397.36. In the 14-day chart, the Relative Strength Index standing at 44.10 suggests a technical neutral stance while the MACD standing at -7.37 indicates price will decrease in the next trading period. Stochastic %K at 37.05% suggests holding the stock while Percent R indicator at 79.92% suggests bearish price movement.
How much is the short interest in Lithia Motors Inc.?
There have been a drop in short interest in the Lithia Motors Inc. Financial stock, with short interest down by -0.11 million shares to 1.92 million shares on Feb 25, 2021. According to data provided by Yahoo Finance, the short interest on Mar 30, 2021 stood at 1.81 million shares. This 5.73% increase suggests some bearish sentiment was experienced by the stock. Shorted shares accounted for just 7.94% of the overall float in the stock, while the stock’s days to cover moved to 5.32.
How do analysts view Lithia Motors Inc.?
In regard to the share price forecast for Lithia Motors Inc. stock, the analysts, as surveyed by FactSet, forecast the price to reach $400.00 in the next twelve months, representing almost an 6.3% growth from its recent price of $374.79. Among Lithia Motors Inc. stock projections, $500.00 is the highest analyst target for the stock, while $310.00 is the lowest. Despite this, 12 analysts who share their consensus rating for LAD in 2021 agree that the stock is an Overweight. The latest rating change took place on 3/11/21, when Craig-Hallum Ratings launched coverage of the stock at “Buy” and assigned a price target of $500.0.