AutoNation, Inc.

  • Following Tom Gayner Into His Two Biggest Positions

    By Anh HOANG - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AN, BRK-A, KMX

    Tom Gayner, Chief Investment Officer of Markel Corporation, has managed to beat the general market in the long period of time. In the period of 2002-2011, he delivered an annualized return of 6%, beating the S&P 500’s annualized gain of only 3%. As of June 2013, his two biggest positions were CarMax (NYSE: KMX) and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A).

    Should investors follow Tom Gayner into those two stocks more »

  • These Stocks Might Have Another Gear

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    These three companies have been performing exceptionally well over the past several years. Better yet, there have been no signs of a slowdown. However, that does not mean the coast is clear. Risks exist, and these risks should be considered in order to avoid taking a large hit to your portfolio.

    A focus on quality

    CarMax (NYSE: KMX) is primarily a used vehicle retailer, but it also sells new cars more »

  • Which Automotive Retailer is a Good Pick Now?

    By Anh HOANG - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AN, GPI, SAH

    Since the end of June 2013, Group 1 Automotive (NYSE: GPI) has experienced a significant rise from $60.90 per share to around $73.60 per share, an impressive gain of more than 20%. Interestingly, famous investors like Paul Tudor Jones, Jim Simons and Steven Cohen are holding Group 1 in their portfolios. Let’s take a closer look to determine the attractiveness of Group 1 at its current price more »

  • A Safe Drive for Your Portfolio

    By Ayush Singh - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: ABG, AN, KMX

    One of the biggest automotive retailers in the U.S., AutoNation (NYSE: AN), released its quarterly earnings earlier this month. The results were mixed as the company reported all-time high earnings but still fell short of the analysts’ estimates by the slightest of margins. However, the revenue generated by the company comprehensively beat all the expectations.

    If you’re wondering what contributed toward this considerably fine growth and whether or more »

  • U.S. Auto Dealerships Are on the Highway to Recovery

    By Doug Lofton - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, LAD, PAG

    There is good news for Foolish investors in the auto industry!

    Low interest rates, the strengthening job market, a multi-year high level of consumer confidence, and pent up consumer demand, are fueling a strong recovery of the auto industry as it rebounds from the Great Recession days of 2008-2009.

    June car sales totaled 1,402,244 vehicles, up 9% from June 2012. The seasonally adjusted annual rate, or SAAR, of more »

  • Top Of The Tide But Still Good Enough

    By Jacob Wolinsky - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AN, EWBC, PAG, BPOP

    A rising tide in the stock market has taken stocks such as Popular (NASDAQ: BPOP), Penske Automotive (NYSE: PAG), and East West Bancorp (NASDAQ: EWBC) to new levels but there may be more long term upside left in these stocks.

    Popular surges after Q2 results

    Puerto Rico based regional bank Popular surged after announcing exceptionally strong quarterly results. Despite being a regional bank, Popular Inc has a relatively large footprint more »

  • Buy This Auto Stock on any Dip

    By Jordan Wathen - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX

    CarMax (NYSE: KMX) is a used car retailer with a unique business model. It sells cars at a premium, won't negotiate on pricing, has zero new inventory, and if you so desire, it'll even make you a cash quote to buy your car on a moment's notice.

    How's that for different?

    What makes CarMax different is what makes its business model superior to the competition. CarMax more »

  • This Auto Retailer Is Riding the Auto Industry Boom

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: AN, GPI, PAG, SAH

    The U.S. automobile industry’s recovery from the declines of four years ago promises a massive upside over the next two years. Some analysts even believe that favorable interest rates and affordable labor could sustain the current boom for several years. The industry seems to be turning the tables against Japan, which has been the benchmark over the last few years.

    For instance, Honda Motors whose majority of auto more »

  • Is This Car Dealer Offering a Good Deal?

    By Satarupa Bose - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    It seems to be a party time for the American auto industry. Many people who couldn’t afford to buy a car immediately after the severe 2008 recession are finally replacing their cars with new cars. And buyers who couldn’t finance a new car are fulfilling their requirements with less expensive used models.

    As a result of this, sales of both new and used cars have increased remarkably over more »

  • Why You Should Play The Auto Sector A Little More Aggressively

    By Matthew Frankel - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: AN, AZO, KMX, F

    I recently published an article about CarMax (NYSE: KMX) being a defensive way to play the automotive sector, as a used car business tends to do well during recessionary times as well as good times. Today, I’d like to focus on a slightly more aggressive way to play the sector using AutoNation (NYSE: AN), the largest new auto dealer in the United States. While I still stand by CarMax more »

  • Driving to a Better Economy

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, GPI

    CarMax (NYSE: KMX) was down 5% over the past week despite posting stellar EPS results. Fiscal 1Q revenue was up 19% year-over-year and surpassed consensus EPS by 10%. With a beta of 1.5, the car retailer has been dragged down with the broader market, but it appears the stock is positioned to pop with a rebound in auto buying. 

    During the last fiscal quarter, CarMax sold some 137,000 more »

  • 3 Car Dealers Set to Ride The Recovery

    By Damian Illia - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: AN, LAD, PAG

    In a rebounding auto industry, some dealers like Lithia Motors (NYSE: LAD), Penske Automotive (NYSE: PAG) and AutoNation (NYSE: AN) stand out against the competition.  Whether its scale, the promise of luxury, or location, each offers a unique opportunity.  But the question remains, which is the best of the best?

    Sub-Urban Kings

    Lithia Motors business model is interesting as it specializes in rural markets for which most big auto dealers more »

  • Shopping For An Auto Dealership

    By Eric Novinson - June 22, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    Auto sales have already risen in 2013, and automakers expect the high demand to continue, reports the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Recent results from auto dealers Penske, (NYSE: PAG) AutoNation, (NYSE: AN) and most recently CarMax (NYSE: KMX) could indicate the satisfaction of pent up auto demand. Cars can be expensive, especially new ones, so it can pay to shop around. The same concept holds for auto dealership stocks. CarMax more »

  • Should You Profit from the Millennials' Malaise?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: AN, CAR, KMX, F, GM

    Maybe it all started going south for the Millennials when the ramp up in college costs drove their generation to take on debt. Maybe it was a perfect storm of a recession, tight job market, and tighter credit, not to mention a financial crisis in which universities' endowments lost money big time, but the end result is the same. A generation that can't afford to buy new cars or more »

  • This Dealership is Outgrowing the Competition

    By Ted Cooper - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, SAH

    The slow-but-upward climb of the United States economy has lifted domestic automobile sales along with the auto industry's top line. The recent increase in auto sales is likely due to consumer deleveraging during the Great Recession; with cleaner balance sheets and rising income, consumers can finally afford to buy new cars again.

    Although General Motors, Ford, and even Tesla Motors will undoubtedly benefit from the increase in auto sales more »

  • Will Ricky Sandler’s Hot Streak Continue with This Automotive Stock?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 6, 2013 | Tickers: ABG, AN, LAD, PAG, SAH

    Eminence Capital, managed by Ricky Sandler, is coming off a year of excellent returns; ValueWalk named it as one of the 30 best performing hedge funds out of those it tracks (and many of the funds that performed better were focused on mortgages or real estate). Now, the fund has reported a position of 1.7 million shares in Asbury Automotive (NYSE: ABG), a $1.2 billion market cap auto more »

  • Another Way to Profit From Higher Car Sales

    By Austin Higgins - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    As car buying is expected to increase this year, investors can profit from the increased profits of vehicle manufacturers. Another ancillary industry that will see growth in earnings this year is automotive retailers and dealers. Here are just a few to consider.

    CarMax (NYSE: KMX)

    CarMax is a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates 119 used car retail locations across the country. It also offers financing more »

  • Another Way to Profit from Higher Car Sales

    By Austin Higgins - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    As car buying is expected to increase this year, investors can profit from the increased profits of vehicle manufacturers. Another ancillary industry that will see growth in earnings this year is automotive retailers and dealers. Here are just a few to consider.

    CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX)

    CarMax is a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. It operates 119 used car retail locations across the country. It also offers more »

  • 3 Reasons to Buy This Auto Retailer

    By Piyush Arora - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    Auto sales in the U.S. are approaching their six year highs, and automobile manufacturers are finally breathing a sigh of relief. Thanks to the low interest rate environment and increasing personal disposable income in the economy, auto recovery seems genuine with robust growth prospects for 2013. To play the recovery, investors can invest in automobile or tire manufacturers, but both the industries involve significant operational risks.

    But, auto retailers more »

  • This Car Store Could Ride High

    By Marshall Hargrave - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: ABG, AN, KMX

    The nation's largest auto retailer has been down over 8% the past month. AutoNation (NYSE: AN) has an impressive brand and market mix that should help push the company perform better than peers on the back of a rebounding economy and auto industry. 

    What's so impressive about AutoNation?

    AutoNation has three segments, including domestic (32% of revenue), import (50%), and premium luxury (18%). The domestic segment includes stores more »

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