KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE:KAR) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest in January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 807,505 shares, a growth of 51.7% from the January 12th total of 532,278 shares. Currently, 0.6% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 666,765 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 1.2 days.
KAR Auction Services (KAR) opened at $50.65 on Thursday. KAR Auction Services has a one year low of $40.27 and a one year high of $55.19. The firm has a market cap of $6,803.82, a P/E ratio of 29.79, a P/E/G ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.90, a quick ratio of 1.35 and a current ratio of 1.35.
Several research analysts recently weighed in on KAR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of KAR Auction Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Stephens set a $57.00 price objective on shares of KAR Auction Services and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Gabelli lowered shares of KAR Auction Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on shares of KAR Auction Services from $52.00 to $55.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $54.40.
Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Archford Capital Strategies LLC boosted its stake in KAR Auction Services by 832.0% during the 2nd quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 932 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $103,000 after acquiring an additional 832 shares during the last quarter. SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in KAR Auction Services during the 4th quarter worth approximately $103,000. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in KAR Auction Services during the 4th quarter worth approximately $105,000. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new position in KAR Auction Services in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $127,000. Finally, KBC Group NV lifted its stake in KAR Auction Services by 81.5% in the third quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 2,696 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $129,000 after buying an additional 1,211 shares in the last quarter. 98.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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About KAR Auction Services
KAR Auction Services, Inc is a provider of whole car auction services in North America, and salvage auction services in North America and the United Kingdom. The Company operates through three segments: ADESA, Inc (ADESA Auctions or ADESA), Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc (IAA) and Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC).
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