An interesting stock that came up in some of our conversations today is Autohome Inc. (NYSE:ATHM). At current price of $66.67, the shares have already lost -2.06 points (-3% lower) from its previous close of $68.73. Should you buy or avoid them? The stock sets an active trading volume day with a reported 671270 contracts so far this session. ATHM shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 861.88 thousand shares, but with a 0.12 billion float and a -0.59% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for ATHM stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $83 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 24.49% from where the ATHM share price has been trading recently which is between $68.05 and $69.33. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $¥316.69. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $¥663.86.
During the recent trading session for Autohome Inc. (NYSE:ATHM), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-0.95 over a week and tumble down $-10.58 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $117.99, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 04/17/19. The recent low of $65.71 stood for a -43.5% since 11/26/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.25 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for ATHM is set at $¥594.84, a figure which is above the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.
Looking at the current readings for Autohome Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 33.41. This figure suggests that ATHM stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current ATHM readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 26.02% at this stage. This figure means that ATHM share price today is being overbought.
Technical chart claims that Autohome Inc. (ATHM) would settle between $69.36/share to $69.98/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $68.08 mark, then the market for Autohome Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $67.42 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -0.38. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.
Analysts at Bernstein lowered their recommendation on shares of ATHM from Outperform to Mkt Perform in their opinion released on November 06. CLSA analysts have lowered their rating of Autohome Inc. (NYSE:ATHM) stock from Buy to Outperform in a separate flash note issued to investors on October 18. Analysts at Mizuho, made their first call for the equity with a Neutral recommendation, according to a research note that dated back to September 06.
ATHM equity has an average rating of 2.45, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 11 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 7 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 4 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while others rated it as a sell. 3 analysts rated Autohome Inc. (NYSE:ATHM) as a buy or a strong buy while 1 advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.
Moving on, ATHM stock price is currently trading at 16.3X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 18.4 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 33.4. Autohome Inc. current P/B ratio of 4.2 means it is trading at a discount against its industry’s 4.9.
Autohome Inc. (ATHM)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 0.1% to hit $325060, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 10.3% from $1.07 billion to a noteworthy $1.18 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Autohome Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -14.9% to hit $1.14 per share. For the fiscal year, ATHM’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -0.8% to hit $3.8 per share.