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How to buy TravelCenters of America stock

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TravelCenters of America Inc is a specialty retail business based in the US. TravelCenters of America shares (TA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. TravelCenters of America employs 14,024 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.8 billion.

How to buy shares in TravelCenters of America

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  3. Search for TravelCenters of America. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: TA. 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 TravelCenters of America 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 TravelCenters of America, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of TravelCenters of America. 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.

TravelCenters of America share price

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TravelCenters of America shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$7.845 - USD$35.99
50-day moving average USD$27.0503
200-day moving average USD$28.5873
Wall St. target priceUSD$37.55
PE ratio 6.6574
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.611

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Is it a good time to buy TravelCenters of America stock?

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Is TravelCenters of America under- or over-valued?

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

TravelCenters of America's P/E ratio

TravelCenters of America's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, TravelCenters of America shares trade at around 7x recent earnings.

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

TravelCenters of America's EBITDA

TravelCenters of America's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$145.2 million.

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

TravelCenters of America financials

Revenue TTM USD$4.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 1.02%
Gross profit TTM USD$509.8 million
Return on assets TTM 0.93%
Return on equity TTM -2.46%
Profit margin -0.29%
Book value $43.953
Market capitalisation USD$405.4 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting TravelCenters of America shares

There are currently 499,867 TravelCenters of America shares held short by investors – that's known as TravelCenters of America's "short interest". This figure is 17.1% up from 426,869 last month.

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

TravelCenters of America's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

TravelCenters of America's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of TravelCenters of America shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of TravelCenters of America shares traded daily (recently around 209149.37238494). TravelCenters of America's SIR currently stands at 2.39. In other words for every 100,000 TravelCenters of America shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2390 shares are currently held short.

However TravelCenters of America's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of TravelCenters of America shares, or, against the total number of tradable TravelCenters of America shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case TravelCenters of America's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 TravelCenters of America shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0362% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable TravelCenters of America shares, roughly 36 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 TravelCenters of America.

Find out more about how you can short TravelCenters of America stock.

TravelCenters of America share dividends

We're not expecting TravelCenters of America to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have TravelCenters of America's shares ever split?

TravelCenters of America's shares were split on a 1:5 basis on 31 July 2019. So if you had owned 5 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your TravelCenters of America shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 400% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for TravelCenters of America shares which in turn could have impacted TravelCenters of America's share price.

TravelCenters of America share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, TravelCenters of America's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.845 up to $35.99. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TA.US volatility(beta: 2.2)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 TravelCenters of America's is 2.1986. This would suggest that TravelCenters of America's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

TravelCenters of America overview

TravelCenters of America Inc. operates travel centers and standalone restaurants in the United States and Canada. Its travel centers offer a range of products and services, including diesel fuel and gasoline, diesel exhaust fluid, and truck repair and maintenance, and roadside services, as well as operates full service and quick service restaurants, and various customer amenities. The company's travel stores also offer packaged food and snack items, beverages, non-prescription drug and beauty supplies, batteries, automobile accessories, music and video products, fresh brewed coffee, hot dogs, prepared sandwiches, and other prepared foods, as well as laundry supplies, clothing, truck accessories, and various electronics; and parking space under the Reserve-It brand name. In addition, the company operates restaurants under the franchise agreement. As of December 31, 2020, it operated 271 travel centers under the TravelCenters of America, TA, TA Express, Petro Stopping Centers, and Petro brand names in 44 states in the United States, and the province of Ontario, Canada; 42 standalone restaurants in 12 states in the United States under the Quaker Steak & Lube, or QSL, Iron Skillet, and Country Pride brand names; and 3 standalone truck service facilities under the TA Truck Service brand name. The company serves trucking fleets and their drivers, independent truck drivers, highway and local motorists, and casual diners. TravelCenters of America Inc. was founded in 1972 and is based in Westlake, Ohio.

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