How to buy Saia stock - 19 April

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How to buy Saia stock

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Saia, Inc is a trucking business based in the US. Saia shares (SAIA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Saia employs 10,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD0.00.

How to buy shares in Saia

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

Saia share price

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Saia shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-16.
52-week rangeUSD$69.03 - USD$243.36
50-day moving average USD$222.8483
200-day moving average USD$186.0283
Wall St. target priceUSD$227.55
PE ratio 46.7788
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.2

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Is it a good time to buy Saia stock?

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Is Saia under- or over-valued?

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

Saia's P/E ratio

Saia's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 47x. In other words, Saia shares trade at around 47x 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.

Saia's PEG ratio

Saia's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.68. 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 Saia's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


Saia's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$312.4 million.

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

Saia financials

Revenue TTM USD$1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.76%
Gross profit TTM USD$418.5 million
Return on assets TTM 7.5%
Return on equity TTM 15.57%
Profit margin 7.59%
Book value $36.768
Market capitalisation USD$6.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Saia shares

There are currently 721,404 Saia shares held short by investors – that's known as Saia's "short interest". This figure is 8.5% down from 788,786 last month.

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

Saia's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Saia's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Saia shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Saia shares traded daily (recently around 211555.42521994). Saia's SIR currently stands at 3.41. In other words for every 100,000 Saia shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3410 shares are currently held short.

However Saia's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Saia shares, or, against the total number of tradable Saia shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Saia's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Saia shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0368% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Saia shares, roughly 37 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 Saia.

Find out more about how you can short Saia stock.

Saia share dividends

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

Have Saia's shares ever split?

Saia's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 13 June 2013. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Saia shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Saia shares which in turn could have impacted Saia's share price.

Saia share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Saia's shares have ranged in value from as little as $69.03 up to $243.36. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SAIA.US volatility(beta: 1.28)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 Saia's is 1.2791. This would suggest that Saia's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Saia overview

Saia, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, operates as a transportation company in North America. The company provides less-than-truckload services for shipments between 100 and 10,000 pounds; and other value-added services, including non-asset truckload, expedited, and logistics services. As of December 31, 2020, it operated 174 owned and leased facilities; and owned approximately 5,700 tractors and 17,400 trailers. The company was formerly known as SCS Transportation, Inc. and changed its name to Saia, Inc. in July 2006.

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