Leave The Frothy Market And Buy Highwoods Properties, Inc. (HIW), CarMax, Inc. (KMX)

6 analysts out of 12 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HIW) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 6 describe it as a Hold. HIW stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $44.1. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $43.57. Analysts have set HIW’s consensus price at $48.55, effectively giving it a 10.27% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $55 (up 24.91% from current price levels). HIW has a 6.6% ROE, lower than the 6.88% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 15.43%.

It is expected that in Jun 2019 quarter HIW will have an EPS of $0.86, suggesting a -1.15% growth. For Sep 2019 is projected at $0.87. It means that there could be a 1.16% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by -3.19% to about $3.34. As for the coming year, growth will be about 6.29%, lifting earnings to $3.55. RSI after the last trading period was 42.19. HIW recorded a change of -0.97% over the past week and returned -5.03% over the last three months while the HIW stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -5.19%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 13.8%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -0.45% while the shares have moved -5.54% for the past 12 months.

Highwoods Properties, Inc. (HIW) currently trades at $44.03, which is higher by 0.53% its previous price. It has a total of 104.19 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 0.74. The company’s stock volume dropped to 0.41 million, worse than 599.65 thousands that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -0.97% in its price means HIW is now 13.8% higher on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43415.97 since its $52.00 52-week high price recorded on 6th of July 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -5.54 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $6.94 above the 52 week low of $37.09 set on 26th of December 2018.

Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HIW)’s EPS was $0.72 as reported for the March quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.85. That means that its growth in general now stands at -15%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.77 given by the analysts brought a negative surprise of -6%. HIW March quarter revenue was $172.36 million, compared to $180.44 million recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a -4% growth rate. The company’s $-8.08 million revenue decline that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) shares appreciated 0.55% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to -0.64%. KMX’s price now at $77.18 is greater than the 50-day average of $70.36. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $68.49 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 165.55 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 169.59 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.4%, while institutional investors hold about 0% of the remaining shares. KMX share price finished last trade -0.31% below its 20 day simple moving average and its upbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is 12.71%, while closing the session with 10.24% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

CarMax, Inc. (KMX) shares were last observed trading -5.5% down since June 22, 2018 when the peak of $81.67 was hit. Last month’s price growth of 3.49% puts KMX performance for the year now at 23.04%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 39.72%, a 52-week worst price since Dec. 20, 2018. However, it is regaining value with 13.53% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $76.43 and $76.8. The immediate resistance area is now $77.56 Williams’s %R (14) for KMX moved to 66.39 while the stochastic %K points at 47.18.

KMX’s beta is 1.29; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $4.79 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $4.32 billion, which was 6% versus $4.08 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Feb 19 quarter came in at $1.13 compared to $0.77 in the year-ago quarter and had represented 47% year-over-year earnings per share growth. KMX’s ROA is 4.6%, higher than the 3.98% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 6.74%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) are around $1.47 per share in three months through May with $1.32 also the estimate for August quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at 10.53% and 6.45%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be 7.1%, the target being $5.13 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 9.16%, more likely to see it hit the $5.6 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 4.6%. KMX ranks higher in comparison to an average of 3.36% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 13.45%.