Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (GPI) May Still Have a Bit More to Go

Hopefully you got out of Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI) early, as today the stock is trading 2.47% or 1.99 points down from last closing price of $80.56, reaching $78.57 at last check. The GPI share price has dropped in 4 of the last 5 days and is up 7.98% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue decreasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -17,882 shares, and in total 74018 shares valued at $5.816 million were seen changing hands compared with 91900 shares valued at $7.403 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on lower prices shows the bearish trend but this is an early indication which means that the GPI stock is near its bottom.

Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (GPI) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 7.98%, but has still advanced 57.15% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 8.77% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 1.46% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $1.56B, with its short interest ratio standing at 15.71%.

In the current trading session for GPI, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $81.06 and was down as much as $78.46 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $48.69. The 52-week high is now at -12.26 distance from current price. Their recent low of $89.85 represents a 61.9% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for GPI is $97.67, this is above the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.

The stock of Group 1 Automotive, Inc. earned $8.07 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of 9.74. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 21.4 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 18.76. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. GPI also has P/S multiple of 0.13. This is smaller versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 2.15x.

The company recorded an interesting insider sale transaction by the Insider on Jul 26, 2019. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Daryl Kenningham sold a total of 9,000 GPI shares that day for a sum of around $783,450. Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (GPI) insiders have acquired 106,201 shares in the stock within the past three months. In total, individual insiders traded 236,836 shares in the business, which makes up 53.849% of 439,811 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased 220,491 shares while the seller parted with 219,320 shares.

GPI‘s last price was up 16.94% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $67.19 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $80.64. At present, there are 18.86 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 17.36 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 3% while institutions stake was 0%. The company has generated positive returns on equity over the last 12 months (13%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 15.1% over the past 12 months.

When assessing the full upside of the GPI stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its -5.86% decline from moving average of $83.46 has brought about a negative sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.75 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.

Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Group 1 Automotive, Inc. — 4 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 1 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $85.25 on shares of Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI), which corresponds to 8.30% upside potential than its current market price of $78.57 and implies potential despite the recent drop in the price. However, their current target price has climbed from $85.2 a month ago and is up handily from the consensus target of $85.2 a quarter ago.

In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 12.5%. Though the percentage looks encouraging, extra headwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will decrease annually by -3%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 5.4 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 2.1%, but this figure is rather unattractive.