How to buy AutoNation shares

AutoNation shares have fallen 3.43% from their previous closing price ($167.86). Learn how to easily invest in AutoNation shares in the UK.

AutoNation Inc (AN) is a publicly traded auto and truck dealerships business based in the US which employs around 25,300 staff. AutoNation is listed on the NYSE and traded in US dollars. Its current price of $162.095 is 5.0% down on its price a month ago ($170.67).

How to buy shares in AutoNation

  1. Open a brokerage account. Choose from our top broker picks or compare brokers in depth. Then, complete an application.
  2. Fund your account. Add money to your account via bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  3. Search the platform by ticker symbol. AN in this case.
  4. Choose an order type. Place a market order or limit order with your preferred number of shares or dollar amount.
  5. Submit the order. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes. You'll need a smartphone or computer, an internet connection, your passport or driving licence and a means of payment.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Alternative ways to invest in AutoNation

Buying shares in just one company is generally considered a riskier bet than investing in a range of investments - AKA a "diversified portfolio". Experts generally recommend holding a mix of investments in specific assets and funds. Funds are ready-made portfolios of multiple companies' shares (potentially including AutoNation), and the idea is that drops in the value of one constituent company's share price might be offset by rises in others.

AutoNation is a major part of the NYSE, so it's included in many global funds and investment trusts, as well as tracker-style exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Is it a good time to buy AutoNation stock?

Review technicals and fundamentals to help you determine if now's a good time for you to invest.

Technical analysis

View AutoNation's price performance, share price volatility, historical data and technicals.

Use our graph to track the performance of AN stock over time.

Historical closes compared with the last close of $162.095

1 week (2024-06-12)-3.60%
1 month (2024-05-19)-5.02%
3 months (2024-03-19)0.26%
6 months (2023-12-19)9.61%
1 year (2023-06-19)8.05%
2 years (2022-06-16)46.51%
3 years (2021-06-17)82.60%
5 years (2019-06-19)285.30%

The gauge below shows real-time ratings that are based on 26 popular indicators such as moving averages, for specific time periods. It's not a recommendation but is simply technical analysis that can form part of your research.

Finder might not agree with the analysis and we take no responsibility. We also give no representations or warranty on the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this page.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

Is AutoNation under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value. Check out the AutoNation P/E ratio, PEG ratio and EBITDA.

AutoNation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, AutoNation's shares trade at around 8x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the United States stock markets on average as of November 09, 2023 (20.44). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

AutoNation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4791. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into AutoNation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

AutoNation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.8 billion (£1.4 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of AutoNation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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