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Don’t Pull the Trigger in Snap-on Incorporated (SNA) Stock Yet

Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) continues to drift since disappointing Wall Street in its most recent earnings report a couple of weeks ago. It actually opened 1.5% higher right after the release but closed the day down nearly 5%.

Don’t Pull the Trigger in Snap-on Incorporated (SNA) Stock Yet

But SNA stock has come nicely off its lows set a few days later and is now trading in the mid-$150s. So is SNA ready for a breakout?

Let’s start by looking at earnings. The headline numbers were fine, as SNA earned $2.60 a share, beating the consensus estimate of $2.55 a share. Revenue of $921.4 million was just a hair shy of expectations.

Part of the “problem” was the earnings beat was driven by a sharp increase in financial services. Revenue in this segment increased 12% to $77.7 million with operating earnings growing 10% to $49.5 million. That’s fine in and of itself, but it did overshadow slower growth in the core business.

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For example, sales in the Snap-on “Tools Group” were down from the prior year. It was a small decline of 0.7%, but it was still a decline. Operating earnings in the group were up slightly, thanks to improved margins.

What This Means for SNA Stock

SNA is down 15% from its 52-week high set back in early February. I continue to see the stock as extremely oversold, but management has to prove better execution to find deep-pocketed buyers.

On that note, the company just declared its next 71 cents a share quarterly dividend. Still, despite a decent valuation of 16.2X trailing earnings, I see no urgency to buy at this moment.

Looking at the chart, SNA is near a very strong support point around where it traded last fall. In addition to fundamental signals, I’m also looking for a technical buy signal, which right now would be a close above $156. We could get additional information on Monday, when the company presents at the Jefferies Industrial Conference.

Bottom line: I’m not a buyer of SNA here, but I wouldn’t necessarily sell it if you already own it.

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