Will Sotheby's (BID) Stock Be Helped By eBay (EBAY) Deal?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sotheby's  (BID) and eBay (EBAY) plan to announce today that they have formed a partnership to stream Sotheby's sales worldwide, the New York Times reports.

This fall, most of Sotheby's New York auctions will be broadcast live on a new section of eBay's website.

Eventually the auction house expects to extend the partnership, adding online-only sales and streamed auctions taking place anywhere from Hong Kong to Paris to London, the Times said.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SOTHEBY'S as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SOTHEBY'S (BID) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

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