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How to buy Cars-com LLC stock

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Cars.com, LLC is an auto & truck dealerships business based in the US. Cars-com LLC shares (CARS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Cars-com LLC employs 1,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$546.7 million.

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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 LLC. 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 LLC 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. 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 LLC, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Cars-com LLC. 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.

Cars-com LLC share price

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Cars-com LLC shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-23.
52-week rangeUSD$3.25 - USD$14.15
50-day moving average USD$12.6956
200-day moving average USD$10.2831
Wall St. target priceUSD$12.93
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 LLC stock?

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Is Cars-com LLC under- or over-valued?

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

Cars-com LLC's P/E ratio

Cars-com LLC'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 LLC 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 LLC's PEG ratio

Cars-com LLC'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 LLC'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 LLC's EBITDA

Cars-com LLC's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$133.6 million.

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

Cars-com LLC financials

Revenue TTM USD$546.7 million
Operating margin TTM 2.91%
Gross profit TTM USD$444.3 million
Return on assets TTM 0.64%
Return on equity TTM -113.19%
Profit margin -151.54%
Book value $4.797
Market capitalisation USD$892.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Cars-com LLC shares

There are currently 1.9 million Cars-com LLC shares held short by investors – that's known as Cars-com LLC's "short interest". This figure is 7.4% down from 2.0 million last month.

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

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

Cars-com LLC's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cars-com LLC shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cars-com LLC shares traded daily (recently around 501332.43967828). Cars-com LLC's SIR currently stands at 3.73. In other words for every 100,000 Cars-com LLC shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3730 shares are currently held short.

However Cars-com LLC's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cars-com LLC shares, or, against the total number of tradable Cars-com LLC shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Cars-com LLC's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Cars-com LLC shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0279% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Cars-com LLC shares, roughly 28 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Cars-com LLC.

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

Cars-com LLC share dividends

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

Cars-com LLC share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cars-com LLC's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.25 up to $14.15. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CARS.US volatility(beta: 2.39)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 LLC's is 2.394. This would suggest that Cars-com LLC's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Cars-com LLC 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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