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Bull of the Day: Penske Automotive (PAG)

The car business is red hot with no signs of slowing down.

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Today’s Bull of the Day is one of these stocks. It’s Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) Penke Automotive Group PAG. Penske Automotive Group, Inc., a diversified transportation services company, operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships. The company operates through four segments: Retail Automotive, Retail Commercial Truck, Other, and Non-Automotive Investments. It operates dealerships under franchise agreements with various automotive manufacturers and distributors. The company engages in the sale of new and used motor vehicles, and related products and services comprise vehicle and collision repair services, as well as placement of finance and lease contracts, third-party insurance products, and other aftermarket products; and wholesale of parts.

The reason for the favorable ranks lies in the recent earnings estimate revisions coming from analysts. Over the last sixty days, six analysts have increased their earnings estimates for the current year and next year. The bullish sentiment has pushed up our Zacks Consensus Estimates from $12.58 to $14.71 for the current year while next year’s numbers are up from $11.04 to $13.50.

That means, the company expects a contraction in earnings next year. That is likely a function of the company believing this year’s supply shortage will come to an end.

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