Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (NASDAQ:ITRN) Riding the Lightening: Where is it Headed Now?

Traders may be using technical analysis to help spot ideal entry and exit points. One idea behind technical analysis is that historical price movement trends have the ability to repeat themselves. Technical analysis involves the use of chart patterns to examine market movements and to help define trends. Trends in the stock market are not always easy to spot. Many chartists will strive to determine whether the trend is up, down, or sideways. After defining a trend, the technical analyst may look to see what type of timeframe the trend encompasses. Some traders will look to identify whether the trend is major or long-term, short-term, or intermediate. Being able to decipher what the data is saying may assist the trader with finding potential entry and exit points on a particular trade. There are many different indicators that can be employed when undertaking technical analysis. Many traders will do numerous chart studies to find out which indicator or indicators tend to project the most relevant trading assistance. Learning how to spot these trends might help the trader develop specific charting skills that will hopefully lead to future market success.

Investors may be taking a look at certain business aspects when attempting to research a stock. Investors often look to see if the stock’s specific industry is on the rise. There may be a greater chance of success when investing in an industry that is rapidly growing. Investors may then want to see how the company stacks up within the industry. Many investors will look for stocks that are proven industry leaders. Industry leaders have the ability to influence pricing and not necessarily be susceptible to what other companies are doing around them. Investors may also be taking note of how a company invests in research and development. Companies that are focused on the future may have a competitive advantage over those who are too focused on the near-term.

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (NASDAQ:ITRN), of the Technology sector recently touched $24.67 based on a recent trade, indicating movement of -0.80%. Analysts are predicting earnings per share growth of 37.80% for the current year. The earnings per share growth over the next five years are expected to be 6.30%. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. has had earnings per share growth of 20.50% over the past five years. 

Currently the return on equity is 34.10% and its debt to equity is 0.48. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. has a total market cap of $580.49, a gross margin of 48.70% while the profit margin is 19.20% and the ROI is 26.40%.

Performance

The stats on Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (NASDAQ:ITRN) are currently as follows. The weekly performance is 1.36%, and the quarterly performance is at -11.80%. The monthly performance is -1.00% and the yearly performance is -1.00%. The performance for Year to Date (YTD) is -23.05%.

Ituran Location and Control Ltd. has posted a trailing 12 months earnings per share of $2.51 and the earnings per share growth for this year is expected to be 37.80%. The ROI is 26.40% and the return on equity for Ituran Location and Control Ltd. stated earlier, is currently at 34.10% .The return on assets (ROA) for Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is 14.00%. 

Earnings per share (EPS) the amount of income that “belongs” to each share of common stock. This is a valuable tool that investors use to determine the value and projected value of a stock.  Earnings per share is generally reported in annualized form from the most recent fiscal year. To determine the value, the average number of shares outstanding is usually calculated by averaging the number of shares at the beginning of the fiscal period and the number of shares at the end of the period. 

Technicals

The technical stats for Ituran Location and Control Ltd. are as follows. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (NASDAQ:ITRN) is trading 5.52% away from the stock’s 52-week low and -35.92% off of the 52-week high. Current levels place the company -1.28% away from it’s 20-day simple moving average. The average volume stands around 22904. Trading volume is a hugely important consideration for any investor.  By watching how many shares are trading hands and looking for any changes in that activity, trading opportunities can be spotted along with a deeper understanding of the reliability of other indicators on the stock.  A significant increase in trading volume means that more than double the average amount of stocks are moving.  When volume is decreased significantly, it may indicate there is an issue that shareholders should watch out for.  It’s also important to take into consideration how long the unusual volume sustains for.  If it’s only the one trading day, it can be dismissed as an anomaly.

The current stock levels place it -19.80% away from the 200 day moving average. Ituran Location and Control Ltd. has a beta of 0.90 and the weekly and monthly volatility stands at 1.95% and 2.17% respectively. The simple moving average is the most common method used to calculate the moving average of prices.  It takes the sum of all of the past closing prices over a specific time period and divides the result by the number of prices used in the calculation.  Increasing the number of time periods in the calculation is an effective way to ascertain the strength of the long-term trend and/or the likelihood that it might reverse.  Some argue that this type of average is not necessarily useful because each data point in the series has the exact same impact on the result no matter where it occurs in the sequence.

Beta is used to measure a stock’s price volatility relative to the market. A stock with a beta of “0” indicates that its price is not correlated with the market. A positive beta indicates that the stock follows the market. A negative beta means that the stock inversely follows the market, decreasing in value when the market goes up. 

Price Earnings Ratio

The price/earnings ratio (P/E) for Ituran Location and Control Ltd. is 9.81 and the forward P/E ratio stands at 10.24. The price to sales growth is 2.09. The price/earnings ratio (P/E) is a market prospect ratio which calculates the value of a stock relative to its earnings. On other words, the P/E ratio is and indicator of what investors are will to pay for a stock relative to its earnings.  A firm with a high P/E ratio typically indicates that investors are willing to pay a premium for the stock and higher performance in future quarters would be anticipated. Going a step further we can also look at the PEG ratio of a company.  A stock’s price/earnings ratio divided by its year-over-year earnings growth rate. In general, the lower the PEG, the better the value, because the investor would be paying less for each unit of earnings growth.

Figuring out when to sell a stock can be just as important as deciding what stocks to buy at the outset. Some investors may refuse to sell based on various factors. Investors may have become stubborn, too emotionally attached, or set too high of an expectation for a stock. Holding on to a stock for way too long in order to squeeze every last drop of profit out of a price move may leave the investor desperately searching for answers in the future. Investors may have different checklists for when it is time to sell a stock. Of course this depends largely on the individual and how much is at risk. Often times, investors will make a move to sell when the fundamentals drastically change, the dividend is cut, or a previous set target price has been hit. Getting out of a position at the right time is obviously not easy, but it may become a bit easier with time and rese arch.              

Disclaimer: The views of the author are in no way suggesting whether or not to buy a stock.  Data is provided by Yahoo Finance.

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