Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online marketplace giant eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at eBay's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||San Jose, Calif. (1995)
||Internet software and services
||CEO John Donahoe (since 2008)
CFO Robert Swan (since 2006)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
||$5.9 billion / $2.1 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 87% of the 4,165 members who have rated eBay believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Bryan Hinmon (TMF42), offered three simple reasons to look into the stock:
1. War on cash (electronic payment growth) -- PayPal is well positioned
2. [eBay] is the next best alternative to Amazon.com -- for both buyers and sellers
3. [eBay] doesn't compete with the businesses that sell through its platform -- something that will eventually catch up with Amazon
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