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CARS: Insiders vs. Shorts

By Market News Video Staff, Wednesday, November 6, 2:24 PM ET
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The most recent short interest data was recently released for the 04/15/2019 settlement date, and Cars.com Inc (NYSE:CARS) is one of the most shorted stocks of the Russell 3000, based on 18.95 "days to cover" versus the median component at 5.30. There are a number of ways to look at short data, but one metric that we find particularly useful is the "days to cover" because it considers both the total shares short and the average daily volume of shares typically traded. The number of shares short is then divided by the average daily volume, to express the total number of trading days it would take to close out all of the open short positions if every share traded represented a short position being closed.

In the case of Cars.com Inc (NYSE:CARS), the total short interest at the 04/15/2019 settlement date was 18,220,537 shares, which compares to the average daily trading volume of just 961,686 shares, for a "days to cover" ratio of 18.95.

When short sellers eventually cover their positions, by definition there must be buying activity because a share that is currently sold short must be purchased to be covered. At the present levels of short interest, if from this point forward every single CARS share traded represented a short position being closed, then at the average daily volume of 961,686 shares it would only be during the 19th trading day that every short position would be closed.

So it would stand to reason that should some unexpectedly good news come out, and short sellers did not have 19 days of patience but instead wanted to cover their short positions very suddenly, that situation could result in sending the stock higher until the higher price produces enough sellers to generate the necessary volume to close out those positions quickly.

Cars.com Inc (NYSE:CARS) has something relatively rare for a stock with this much short interest, that being insiders taking the other side of the trade. Looking back over the trailing six month period, CARS has seen 10 different instances of insider buying, as summarized by the table below:

Purchased Insider Title Shares Price/Share Value
08/07/2019 Michael Joseph Kelly Director 2,500 $9.94 $24,850.00
08/07/2019 James F. Rogers Chief Legal Officer 10,000 $9.99 $99,900.00
08/07/2019 Thomas Alex Vetter CEO and President 20,000 $10.19 $203,800.00
08/07/2019 Thomas E. Hale Director 4,913 $10.11 $49,670.43
08/07/2019 Greg Revelle Director 5,000 $10.15 $50,750.00
08/08/2019 Becky A. Sheehan Chief Financial Officer 5,000 $9.23 $46,150.00
08/08/2019 Bryan Wiener Director 3,000 $9.56 $28,680.00
08/08/2019 Jill A. Greenthal Director 10,000 $9.59 $95,900.00
08/09/2019 Scott E. Forbes Director 11,100 $8.98 $99,678.00
08/09/2019 Donald A. McGovern Jr. Director 10,448 $9.16 $95,703.68
09/11/2019 Thomas Alex Vetter CEO and President 11,000 $9.58 $105,380.00

Below is a chart showing the "days to cover" for CARS over time:

And looking at the chart below, CARS's low point in its 52 week range is $8.23 per share, with $28.50 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $12.35.

Cars.com Inc Moving Averages Chart

In recent trading, shares of Cars.com Inc (NYSE:CARS) were changing hands at $12.35/share.


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