The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in Toast Inc. (NYSE:TOST). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Technology company by 5.62% to 31.13 million shares with purchase of 1.66 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 7.58% valued currently at $690.16 million. In addition, Capital Research & Management Co raised its holdings by 6.66 million to 23.31 million shares. And Fidelity Management & Research Co has lifted its position by 0.20% or 45285.0 shares – to 23.22 million shares.
With over 6.42 million Toast Inc. (TOST) shares trading Monday and a closing price of $20.39 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $130.87 million. The shares have shown a positive half year performance of 19.17% and its price on 09/18/23 gained nearly 1.34%. Currently, there are 529.23M common shares owned by the public and among those 353.81M shares have been available to trade.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 255 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 104 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 20,107,807 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 151 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 23,489,360 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in Toast Inc. are American Funds Growth Fund of Ame, Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, and T Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. American Funds Growth Fund of Ame owns 15.08 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $334.38 million. The company bought an additional 4.55 million shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 3.67% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF sold 1046.0 shares to see its total holdings shrink to 10.8 million shares valued at over $239.5 million and representing 2.63% of the shares outstanding. T Rowe Price New Horizons Fund sold -2.52 million shares to bring its total holdings to over 8.64 million shares at a value of $191.56 million. T Rowe Price New Horizons Fund now owns shares totaling to 2.10% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of Toast Inc. (NYSE: TOST) opened at $19.98, down -$0.14 from a prior closing price of $20.12. However, the script later moved the day high at 20.74, up 1.34%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -4.36% and -6.08% over the past three months. TOST shares are trading 13.09% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance up to 0.20% higher. It has a 12-month low price of $15.77 and touched a high of $27.00 over the same period. TOST has an average intraday trading volume of 7.38 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by -4.54%, -8.16%, and 0.60% respectively.
Institutional ownership of Toast Inc. (NYSE: TOST) shares accounts for 79.10% of the company’s 529.23M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 36.06%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 38.04% and 15.05% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $11.29B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.73. The earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at -$0.72. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 3.53% over the week and 3.92% over the month.
Analysts forecast that Toast Inc. (TOST) will achieve an EPS of -$0.1 for the current quarter, -$0.12 for the next quarter and -$0.37 for 2024. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is -$0.15 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of -$0.08. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was -$0.19 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 44.00%, and 33.90% over the next financial year.
Looking at the support for the TOST, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. UBS stated their Buy rating for the stock in a research note on September 06, 2023, with the firm’s price target at $25-$30.