Cars.com LLC [CARS] stock Upgrade by Craig Hallum analyst, price target now $14

Cars.com LLC [NYSE: CARS] gained 5.99% or 0.6 points to close at $10.62 with a heavy trading volume of 2971380 shares. The company report on November 20, 2020 that Black Friday Delivers Strong Car-Shopper Demand With Potential Savings of Up to 20% on New Cars.

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Cars.com Finds 35% of Shoppers Ready to Buy Black Friday Weekend, With a Third Opting to Take Advantage of Contactless Home Delivery From Their Local Dealership Amid the Pandemic.

The latest research from Cars.com (NYSE: CARS), a leading digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider, shows Americans continue to prioritize car ownership as a safe mode of transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic as they gear up to take advantage of Black Friday offers. The new study from Cars.com reveals that 83% of Cars.com shoppers plan to purchase a vehicle in the next six months, with 35% planning to buy between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.1.

It opened the trading session at $10.00, the shares rose to $10.63 and dropped to $10.00, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for CARS points out that the company has recorded 63.64% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -226.77% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 1.19M shares, CARS reached to a volume of 2971380 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Cars.com LLC [CARS]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for CARS shares is $11.94 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on CARS stock is a recommendation set at 2.30. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Craig Hallum have made an estimate for Cars.com LLC shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on October 15, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, B. Riley Securities dropped their target price from $9 to $11. The new note on the price target was released on October 15, 2020, representing the official price target for Cars.com LLC stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Cars.com LLC is set at 0.61, with the Price to Sales ratio for CARS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.24. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.22, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.69. Price to Free Cash Flow for CARS in the course of the last twelve months was 6.80 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.40.

Trading performance analysis for CARS stock

Cars.com LLC [CARS] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 20.54. With this latest performance, CARS shares gained by 20.41% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 63.64% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -17.29% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for CARS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 68.30, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 73.70, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 63.12 for Cars.com LLC [CARS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 8.64, while it was recorded at 9.84 for the last single week of trading, and 7.25 for the last 200 days.

Cars.com LLC [CARS]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Cars.com LLC [CARS] shares currently have an operating margin of +5.20 and a Gross Margin at +50.54. Cars.com LLC’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -73.40.

Return on Total Capital for CARS is now 1.53, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -21.85. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -32.18, with Return on Assets sitting at -19.08. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Cars.com LLC [CARS] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 59.26. Additionally, CARS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 37.21, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 32.91. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 56.34, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 35.38.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Cars.com LLC [CARS] managed to generate an average of -$296,883 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.76 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.26.Cars.com LLC’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.40 and a Current Ratio set at 1.40.

Cars.com LLC [CARS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Cars.com LLC posted 0.63/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.37/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 70.30%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for CARS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Cars.com LLC go to 15.00%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Cars.com LLC [CARS]

There are presently around $706 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of CARS stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 6,105,412, which is approximately -1.029% of the company’s market cap and around 1.60% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 5,046,214 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $53.59 million in CARS stocks shares; and NINETY ONE UK LTD, currently with $52.85 million in CARS stock with ownership of nearly -1.095% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Cars.com LLC stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 63 institutional holders increased their position in Cars.com LLC [NYSE:CARS] by around 7,343,998 shares. Additionally, 87 investors decreased positions by around 6,944,727 shares, while 37 investors held positions by with 52,184,641 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 66,473,366 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. CARS stock had 26 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,183,103 shares, while 21 institutional investors sold positions of 1,133,543 shares during the same period.

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