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8 Stocks to Consider Ahead of Earnings

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eBay

Friday's Closing Price: $30.62

12-Month Median Price Target: $39

Implied Potential Return: 21%

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: N/A

Current Analyst Coverage Breakdown: Of the 34 analysts covering the shares, 20 have either strong buy (11) or buy (9) ratings vs. 13 holds and one underperform.

Commentary: The online auctioneer is slated to report its fiscal fourth-quarter results on Jan. 18, and Wall Street is expecting eBay to report a profit of 57 cents a share in the December-ended quarter on revenue of $$3.33 billion.

The stock has gained more than 8% in the past year, bouncing through the final quarter of 2011 after scraping a 52-week low of $26.86 on Aug. 19.

PayPal continues to be a juggernaut for the company. When eBay reported its third-quarter results in October, it projected that PayPal's mobile total payments volume would exceed $3.5 billion for 2011, up from just $750 million in 2010.

While eBay does have the strong track record to topping the consensus view, it's not known for blowing away expectations. The company's average upside earnings-per-share surprise over the past eight quarters is just 5%.

Check out TheStreet's quote page for eBay for year-to-date share performance, analyst ratings, earnings estimates and much more.

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