Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI): Good time to sell it?


Group 1 Automotive Inc. (NYSE:GPI) changes shares on Friday trading session, with a change of 3.76% or $2.39 shares. The trading starts at $67.39 and closed at $63.60 throughout the day. The trading session low price was $63.30 and day high was $68.06 on Friday, June 12. After the session, the Consumer Cyclical sector daily volume shifted to 0.16 million while its average volume is 356.88K. In other hand, the GPI market cap reached to $1.16B. While, its current target price is $65.99 according to WSJ.

Checking out the performance report which defines the increase or decrease of prices for a specific period. For the last 5 trading sessions, its performance is down -14.51% and up 49.60% for month. Its quarterly performance was 27.54% above, while its half year performance is down -38.18%. GPI yearly performance stood at negative -15.18% and fall -34.01% for year-to-date. Current recommendation for Group 1 Automotive Inc. is 1.80.

Earnings per share or EPS is an important financial measure, which defines the profitability of a company. GPI EPS (TTM) for 12-month is 8.93. EPS for this year is 20.10%, while for the next year its value is 10.61. Its EPS Q/Q reached -19.70%. It has an EPS of 21.10% up for past five years and for the next five years will be down -3.00%.

Let’s take a look on the analyst recommendations on GPI for the current month and previous month. For the current month, 5 of 7 analysts recommend stock as Buy while 0 as Sell, 0 as overweight, 0 as underweight and 2 as Hold. As compared with the previous month ratings, 0 analysts participate in stock recommendation. Out of 0, 0 rated it sell, 0 rated it as Buy and 0 as Hold Ratings. On the other hand, target price ranges from $70.00-$111.00. Average target price for GPI was reached at $85.40.

Blackrock Inc., Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) and Eminence Capital, LP are the top three holders in Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI) stock. On Mar 30, 2020, Blackrock Inc. has 2.84 million shares which valued 125.89 million. On Mar 30, 2020, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) owned 1.91 million shares which valued at 84.52 million. On Mar 30, 2020, Eminence Capital, LP has a total of 1.58 million shares which valued at 69.82 million. In the end, Eminence Capital, LP have 8.68% shares outstanding of Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI) on Mar 30, 2020. The insider ownership moved to 3.30%.

The company posted an EPS (TTM) of 8.93. According to the most recent quarter report on (Jun 2020), 6 analysts estimated an average EPS of -0.32, while 2.83 EPS posted a year ago period. Analyst Estimated EPS for GPI published in the report was -0.7–0.03 during the same period. Comparing with last year, the average estimated EPS was 2.83 which is higher than 1.66 which was posted for recent quarter EPS.

A brief look on simple moving average (SMA) that determines the market price can impact a market. The SMA for GPI fall -19.04% for period of 200 days. SMA for 50 days was 19.58% which is showing green signal, while SMA-20 was 2.03%. The moving average value for Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI) is 76.39 and 60.01 for 200 and 50 days respectively.

Let’s take a look on the insider transactions, in which multiple shareholders are showing interest in GPI stock. On Feb 21, HESTERBERG EARL J, President & CEO, sold 5,000 trading shares at the cost of $106.71, which valued at 0.53 million. On Dec 06, Pereira Lincoln, Director, sold 10,000 shares at the cost of $103.43, with total shares of 178,309. On Dec 05, Rickel John C, SVP & CFO, sold 15,000 shares at the cost of 100.96. After this transaction, Rickel John C total shares reached to 90,472 which valued at 1.51 million.