1. As of noon trading, Sothebys ( BID) is down $0.40 (-0.8%) to $48.40 on light volume. Thus far, 219,063 shares of Sothebys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.40-$49.06 after having opened the day at $49.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.81.

Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry. The company operates in three segments: Auction, Finance, and Dealer. Sothebys has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 43.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sothebys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sothebys as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Sothebys Ratings Report now.

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