EBay Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (EBAY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income increased by 144.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $283.41 million to $692.00 million.
  • EBAY's revenue growth trails the industry average of 36.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • EBAY's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, EBAY has a quick ratio of 1.81, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, EBAY INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

eBay Inc. provides online platforms, services, and tools to help individuals and merchants in online and mobile commerce and payments in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. eBay has a market cap of $63.78 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 63.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full eBay Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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