eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) has been one of the most surprising tech stories of 2012. Since the beginning of the year, the company has outpaced many of the more "notable" tech companies like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and still trades at a lower valuation than all but Apple. 

With their resurgent auction platform driving unexpected growth, and the company's PayPal division continuing to put up huge numbers, eBay is well positioned to continue outpacing its peer group for the near future.

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