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Cars.com Inc is an auto & truck dealerships business based in the US. Cars-com shares (CARS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Cars-com employs 1,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$554.4 million.

How to buy shares in Cars-com

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Cars-com. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CARS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Cars-com reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$8.52, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Cars-com, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Cars-com. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Cars-com's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Cars-com's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$8.52, which is 29.12% down on its pre-crash value of USD$12.02 and 142.05% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$3.52.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Cars-com shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$299.11 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$683.22.

Cars-com share price

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Cars-com shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market closeUSD$8.52
52-week rangeUSD$3.25 - USD$13.55
50-day moving average USD$8.5174
200-day moving average USD$6.8909
Wall St. target priceUSD$10.34
PE ratio 86.0811
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.148

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Is it a good time to buy Cars-com stock?

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Cars-com price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $8.52 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-10-15) -15.31%
1 month (2020-09-22) 1.55%
3 months (2020-07-22) 37.20%
6 months (2020-04-22) 111.41%
1 year (2019-10-22) -20.60%
2 years (2018-10-22) -65.95%
3 years (2017-10-20) -67.02%
5 years (2015-10-18) N/A

Is Cars-com under- or over-valued?

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

Cars-com's P/E ratio

Cars-com's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 86x. In other words, Cars-com shares trade at around 86x recent earnings.

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

Cars-com's PEG ratio

Cars-com's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.22. 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 Cars-com's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Cars-com's EBITDA

Cars-com's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$119.4 million.

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

Cars-com financials

Revenue TTM USD$554.4 million
Operating margin TTM 0.8%
Gross profit TTM USD$444.3 million
Return on assets TTM 0.15%
Return on equity TTM -130.92%
Profit margin -224.1%
Book value $4.893
Market capitalisation USD$581.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Cars-com shares

There are currently 6.9 million Cars-com shares held short by investors – that's known as Cars-com's "short interest". This figure is 8.2% down from 7.5 million last month.

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

Cars-com's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Cars-com's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cars-com shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cars-com shares traded daily (recently around 989169.84126984). Cars-com's SIR currently stands at 6.93. In other words for every 100,000 Cars-com shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6930 shares are currently held short.

However Cars-com's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cars-com shares, or, against the total number of tradable Cars-com shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Cars-com's short interest could be expressed as 0.1% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Cars-com shares in existence, roughly 100 shares are currently held short) or 0.1025% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Cars-com shares, roughly 103 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 Cars-com.

Find out more about how you can short Cars-com stock.

Cars-com share dividends

We're not expecting Cars-com to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Cars-com share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cars-com's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.25 up to $13.55. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CARS.US volatility(beta: 2.13)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 Cars-com's is 2.1334. This would suggest that Cars-com's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Cars-com overview

Cars.com, LLC, through its subsidiaries, operates as a digital marketplace, and provides solutions for the automotive industry. Its platform connects car shoppers with sellers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the United States. The company's platform provides information in the areas of find a car, certified pre-owned cars, sell your car, car book values, car dealers, compare car prices, listings by city, and advertisers. It also offers social media marketing tools, such as cars social that enables automotive dealers to reach an unduplicated, unique audience on social media; social sales drive that enables automotive retailers to maximize the impact of their used car listings with seamless integration on Facebook marketplace; fuel, a digital video solution for OEM's and car dealers to reduce the cost of reaching the target audience; social extension; social link; and social data. In addition, the company offers website platform hosting services; review and reputation management solutions that enable dealers to build, measure, monitor, and manage their review programs; online shopper, a digital retailing solution that allows shoppers to customize and compare payments across multiple vehicles to make real buying decisions with dealers' inventory; Roxanne, an event-based attribution and customer models; PRIZM, a dashboard with proactive data alerts; and AI Chat Tool. Cars.com, LLC was founded in 1998 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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