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How to buy CarMax stock | $140.29

Learn how to easily invest in CarMax stock.

CarMax Inc is an auto & truck dealerships business based in the US. CarMax shares (KMX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CarMax employs 27,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

How to buy shares in CarMax

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – KMX – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
  6. Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.

CarMax stock price (NYSE: KMX)

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CarMax shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Latest market close$140.29
52-week range$84.70 - $142.08
50-day moving average $130.71
200-day moving average $127.79
Wall St. target price$149.45
PE ratio 19.872
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.11

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Is it a good time to buy CarMax stock?

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CarMax price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $140.29 from 2021-09-17

1 week (2021-09-10) 4.28%
1 month (2021-08-19) 12.92%
3 months (2021-06-18) 23.97%
6 months (2021-03-19) 5.29%
1 year (2020-09-18) 36.11%
2 years (2019-09-18) 64.02%
3 years (2018-09-18) 79.72%
5 years (2016-09-16) 148.30%

Is CarMax under- or over-valued?

Valuing CarMax stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of CarMax's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

CarMax's P/E ratio

CarMax's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, CarMax shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

CarMax's PEG ratio

CarMax's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1936. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into CarMax's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


CarMax's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a CarMax's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

CarMax financials

Revenue TTM $24.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.57%
Gross profit TTM $2.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 4.71%
Return on equity TTM 28.47%
Profit margin 4.79%
Book value $28.89
Market capitalisation $23 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting CarMax shares

There are currently 5.4 million CarMax shares held short by investors – that's known as CarMax's "short interest". This figure is 7.6% up from 5.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting CarMax shares can be evaluated.

CarMax's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CarMax's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CarMax shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CarMax shares traded daily (recently around 802597.4852071). CarMax's SIR currently stands at 6.76. In other words for every 100,000 CarMax shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6760 shares are currently held short.

However CarMax's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CarMax shares, or, against the total number of tradable CarMax shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CarMax's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CarMax shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0334% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CarMax shares, roughly 33 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against CarMax.

Find out more about how you can short CarMax stock.

CarMax's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like CarMax.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

CarMax's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 16.52

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CarMax's overall score of 16.52 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like CarMax is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

CarMax's environmental score

Environmental score: 3.12/100

CarMax's environmental score of 3.12 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CarMax is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

CarMax's social score

Social score: 8.4/100

CarMax's social score of 8.4 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CarMax is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

CarMax's governance score

Governance score: 3.99/100

CarMax's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that CarMax is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

CarMax's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. CarMax scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that CarMax has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

CarMax Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 16.52
Total ESG percentile 7.98
Environmental score 3.12
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 8.4
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 3.99
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

CarMax share dividends

We're not expecting CarMax to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have CarMax's shares ever split?

CarMax's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 26 March 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your CarMax shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CarMax shares which in turn could have impacted CarMax's share price.

CarMax share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CarMax's shares have ranged in value from as little as $84.7 up to $142.079. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

KMX.US volatility(beta: 1.61)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while CarMax's is 1.6114. This would suggest that CarMax's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

CarMax overview

CarMax, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. The company operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. It offers customers a range of makes and models of used vehicles, including domestic, imported, and luxury vehicles; and extended protection plans to customers at the time of sale, as well as sells vehicles that are approximately 10 years old and has more than 100,000 miles through whole auctions. The company also provides reconditioning and vehicle repair services; and financing alternatives for retail customers across a range of credit spectrum through its CarMax Auto Finance and arrangements with various financial institutions. As of February 28, 2021, it operated approximately 220 used car stores and 1 new car franchises. CarMax, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of CarMax is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.3% of CarMax shares are held by insiders and 97.477% by institutions.
How many people work for CarMax?
Latest data suggests 27,000 work at CarMax.
When does the fiscal year end for CarMax?
CarMax's fiscal year ends in February.
Where is CarMax based?
CarMax's address is: 12800 Tuckahoe Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA, United States, 23238
What is CarMax's ISIN number?
CarMax's international securities identification number is: US1431301027
What is CarMax's CUSIP number?
CarMax's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 143130102

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