For the next year, sell-side research firms are expecting EPS growth of -8.16% for Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH). Analysts are predicting an EPS change of -17.70% for the current year. Tracking firm’s EPS may help to evaulate company stock value. Sell-side analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have a current recommendation of 3.40 on a consensus basis for the stock. On a number scale from 1 to 5, a 5 would represent a Strong Sell recommendation. A 1 rating would signify a Strong Buy. The same research analysts see shares reaching $15.67 within the next year on a consensus basis.Investing in the stock market often requires individuals to gauge how much risk they are willing to take on for potential reward. Piling on too much risk can put the investor out of their comfort zone. On the flip side, taking on too little risk may not provide the opportunity to receive enough returns to achieve previously stated goals. Finding that perfect balance may come with some first-hand experience that includes some trial and error.
Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently. Over the past twelve months, Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH)’s stock was 13.88%. Over the last week of the month, it was -2.00%, -0.82% over the last quarter, and -13.85% for the past six months.
Over the past 50 days, Sonic Automotive, Inc. stock’s -5.37% off of the high and 14.40% removed from the low. Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here. -33.60% (High), 22.61%, (Low).
Price-to-Earnings Ratio is the current share price divided by annual earnings per share. P/E provides a number that details how many years of earnings it will take a stock to recoup the value of one share at current price levels. Easy to calculate and understand, P/E is an extremely common ratio that is used to compare valuations of stocks against each other relatively. Sonic Automotive, Inc.’s P/E ratio is 12.85.
Projected Earnings Growth (PEG) is a forward looking ratio based on anticipated earnings growth. PEG is created by dividing P/E by the projected rate of earnings growth. Sonic Automotive, Inc.’s PEG is 23.37.
Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH)’s RSI (Relative Strength Index) is 53.60. RSI is a technical indicator of price momentum, comparing the size of recent gains to the size of recent losses and establishes oversold and overbought positions.
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