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Casella Waste Systems, Inc is a waste management business based in the US. Casella Waste Systems shares (CWST) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Casella Waste Systems employs 2,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$763.8 million.

How to buy shares in Casella Waste Systems

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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 Casella Waste Systems. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CWST. 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 Casella Waste Systems 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$61.05, 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 Casella Waste Systems, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Casella Waste Systems. 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 Casella Waste Systems's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Casella Waste Systems's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$61.05, which is 12.30% up on its pre-crash value of USD$53.54 and 77.73% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$34.35.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Casella Waste Systems shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$710.48 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$1,200.85.

Casella Waste Systems share price

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Casella Waste Systems shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$61.05
52-week range USD$34.35 - USD$61.77
50-day moving average USD$56.7763
200-day moving average USD$52.2057
Wall St. target price USD$62.5
PE ratio 85.7887
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.708

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Is it a good time to buy Casella Waste Systems stock?

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Casella Waste Systems price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $61.05 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-23) 0.33%
1 month (2020-10-30) 13.08%
3 months (2020-08-28) 8.59%
6 months (2020-05-29) 19.82%
1 year (2019-11-29) 30.70%
2 years (2018-11-30) 86.98%
3 years (2017-11-30) 186.35%
5 years (2015-11-30) 800.44%

Is Casella Waste Systems under- or over-valued?

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

Casella Waste Systems's P/E ratio

Casella Waste Systems'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, Casella Waste Systems 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.

Casella Waste Systems's PEG ratio

Casella Waste Systems's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.52. 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 Casella Waste Systems's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Casella Waste Systems's EBITDA

Casella Waste Systems's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$148.9 million.

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

Casella Waste Systems financials

Revenue TTM USD$763.8 million
Operating margin TTM 8.23%
Gross profit TTM USD$234.6 million
Return on assets TTM 4.29%
Return on equity TTM 30.43%
Profit margin 4.52%
Book value $2.703
Market capitalisation USD$2.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Casella Waste Systems shares

There are currently 927,781 Casella Waste Systems shares held short by investors – that's known as Casella Waste Systems's "short interest". This figure is 31.3% up from 706,445 last month.

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

Casella Waste Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Casella Waste Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Casella Waste Systems shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Casella Waste Systems shares traded daily (recently around 323268.64111498). Casella Waste Systems's SIR currently stands at 2.87. In other words for every 100,000 Casella Waste Systems shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2870 shares are currently held short.

However Casella Waste Systems's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Casella Waste Systems shares, or, against the total number of tradable Casella Waste Systems shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Casella Waste Systems's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Casella Waste Systems shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0203% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Casella Waste Systems shares, roughly 20 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 Casella Waste Systems.

Find out more about how you can short Casella Waste Systems stock.

Casella Waste Systems share dividends

We're not expecting Casella Waste Systems to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Casella Waste Systems share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Casella Waste Systems's shares have ranged in value from as little as $34.35 up to $61.77. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CWST.US volatility(beta: 0.93)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Casella Waste Systems's is 0.9288. This would suggest that Casella Waste Systems's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Casella Waste Systems overview

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a vertically-integrated solid waste services company in the northeastern United States. The company operates through Eastern Region, Western Region, Recycling, and Other segments. It offers resource management services primarily in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling, and organics services to residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial customers. The company provides a range of non-hazardous solid waste services, including collections, transfer stations, material recovery facilities, and disposal facilities. It also markets recyclable metals, aluminum, plastics, and paper and corrugated cardboard that are processed at its facilities, as well as recyclables purchased from third parties. In addition, the company is involved in commodity brokerage operations. As of January 31, 2020, it owned and/or operated 43 solid waste collection operations, 58 transfer stations, 20 recycling facilities, 8 Subtitle D landfills, 4 landfill gas-to-energy facilities, and 1 landfill permitted to accept construction and demolition materials. The company was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Rutland, Vermont.

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