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USA Truck, Inc is a trucking business based in the US. USA Truck shares (USAK) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. USA Truck employs 2,050 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$516.4 million.

How to buy shares in USA Truck

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 USA Truck. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: USAK. 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 USA Truck 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$10.06, 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 USA Truck, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of USA Truck. 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 USA Truck's share price?

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

Its last market close was USD$10.06, which is 37.18% up on its pre-crash value of USD$6.32 and 326.27% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$2.36.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of USA Truck shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$600.57 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$1,936.45.

USA Truck share price

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USA Truck shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-27.
Latest market close USD$10.06
52-week range USD$2.8249 - USD$12.85
50-day moving average USD$9.56
200-day moving average USD$9.0414
Wall St. target price USD$14
PE ratio 8.2198
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.646

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Is it a good time to buy USA Truck stock?

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USA Truck price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $10.06 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-20) N/A
1 month (2020-10-30) 17.39%
3 months (2020-08-28) N/A
6 months (2020-05-28) N/A
1 year (2019-11-27) N/A
2 years (2018-11-27) N/A
3 years (2017-11-27) N/A
5 years (2015-11-27) N/A

Is USA Truck under- or over-valued?

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

USA Truck's P/E ratio

USA Truck's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, USA Truck shares trade at around 8x 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.


USA Truck's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$41 million.

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

USA Truck financials

Revenue TTM USD$516.4 million
Operating margin TTM 0.29%
Gross profit TTM USD$89.5 million
Return on assets TTM 0.27%
Return on equity TTM -7.48%
Profit margin -1.17%
Book value $9.341
Market capitalisation USD$81.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting USA Truck shares

There are currently 14,873 USA Truck shares held short by investors – that's known as USA Truck's "short interest". This figure is 30.1% down from 21,282 last month.

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

USA Truck's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

USA Truck's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of USA Truck shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of USA Truck shares traded daily (recently around 92956.25). USA Truck's SIR currently stands at 0.16. In other words for every 100,000 USA Truck shares traded daily on the market, roughly 160 shares are currently held short.

However USA Truck's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of USA Truck shares, or, against the total number of tradable USA Truck shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case USA Truck's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 USA Truck shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0014% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable USA Truck shares, roughly 1 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 USA Truck.

Find out more about how you can short USA Truck stock.

USA Truck share dividends

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

Have USA Truck's shares ever split?

USA Truck's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 6 December 1993. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your USA Truck shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for USA Truck shares which in turn could have impacted USA Truck's share price.

USA Truck share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, USA Truck's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.8249 up to $12.85. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

USAK.US volatility(beta: 2.46)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 USA Truck's is 2.4622. This would suggest that USA Truck's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

USA Truck overview

USA Truck, Inc. operates as a truckload carrier in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Trucking and USAT Logistics. The Trucking segment offers truckload motor carrier services as a medium-haul common and contract carrier; and dedicated freight services. The USAT Logistics segment provides freight brokerage, logistics, and rail intermodal services. As of December 31, 2019, the company operated a fleet of 1,990 tractors, which included 421 independent contractor tractors; and 6,212 trailers. USA Truck, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Van Buren, Arkansas.

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