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How to buy CoStar Group stock

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CoStar Group, Inc is a real estate services business based in the US. CoStar Group shares (CSGP) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CoStar Group employs 4,752 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1.7 billion.

How to buy shares in CoStar Group

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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 CoStar Group. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CSGP. 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 CoStar Group 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 CoStar Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of CoStar Group. 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.

CoStar Group share price

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CoStar Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$500.24 - USD$952.76
50-day moving average USD$889.3726
200-day moving average USD$871.1703
Wall St. target priceUSD$982.5
PE ratio 133.2496
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.93

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Is it a good time to buy CoStar Group stock?

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Is CoStar Group under- or over-valued?

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

CoStar Group's P/E ratio

CoStar Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 133x. In other words, CoStar Group shares trade at around 133x 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.

CoStar Group's PEG ratio

CoStar Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.6187. 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 CoStar Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

CoStar Group's EBITDA

CoStar Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$406.1 million.

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

CoStar Group financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.43%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.36%
Return on equity TTM 5.17%
Profit margin 13.69%
Book value $136.382
Market capitalisation USD$31.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting CoStar Group shares

There are currently 348,741 CoStar Group shares held short by investors – that's known as CoStar Group's "short interest". This figure is 3.2% down from 360,266 last month.

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

CoStar Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

CoStar Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CoStar Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CoStar Group shares traded daily (recently around 268262.30769231). CoStar Group's SIR currently stands at 1.3. In other words for every 100,000 CoStar Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1300 shares are currently held short.

However CoStar Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CoStar Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable CoStar Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CoStar Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CoStar Group shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0101% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CoStar Group shares, roughly 10 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 CoStar Group.

Find out more about how you can short CoStar Group stock.

CoStar Group'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 CoStar Group.

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

CoStar Group's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 31.07

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CoStar Group's overall score of 31.07 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 50th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like CoStar Group 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.).

CoStar Group's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.17/100

CoStar Group's environmental score of 8.17 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CoStar Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

CoStar Group's social score

Social score: 21.33/100

CoStar Group's social score of 21.33 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that CoStar Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

CoStar Group's governance score

Governance score: 12.57/100

CoStar Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that CoStar Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

CoStar Group's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. CoStar Group scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that CoStar Group has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

CoStar Group, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 31.07
Total ESG percentile 50.16
Environmental score 8.17
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 21.33
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 12.57
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 1

CoStar Group share dividends

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

CoStar Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, CoStar Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $500.24 up to $952.76. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CSGP.US volatility(beta: 0.9)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 CoStar Group's is 0.9045. This would suggest that CoStar Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

CoStar Group overview

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and online marketplaces to the commercial real estate industry in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company offers CoStar Property Professional service that offers inventory of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily, and student housing properties and land. It also provides CoStar COMPS Professional that covers comparable commercial real estate sales information; CoStar Market Analytics to view and report on aggregated market and submarket trends; CoStar Tenant, an online business-to-business prospecting and analytical tool; CoStar Lease Comps, a solution to capture, manage, and maintain lease data; CoStar Lease Analysis, a workflow tool; and CoStar Public Record, a searchable database of commercially-zoned parcels. In addition, the company offers CoStar Real Estate Manager, a real estate and asset management, and lease accounting software; CoStar Risk Analytics, a commercial real estate risk management tool; and CoStar Investment Analysis that provides market research, consulting and analysis, portfolio and debt analysis, and management and reporting services, as well as STAR Report that offers benchmarking and analytics for the hospitality industry. Further, it provides apartment marketing sites, such as,,,,,,, and; LoopNet Premium Lister and LoopNet Signature Ads for commercial real estate professionals; Realla, a commercial property listings and data management platform; LandsofAmerica, LandAndFarm, and LandWatch online marketplaces for rural land for sale; and BizBuySell, BizQuest, FindaFranchise online marketplaces for operating businesses for sale. CoStar Group, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Washington, the District of Columbia.

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