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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

eBay facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Jose, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$66.6 billion


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.5 billion


CEO John Donahoe (since 2008)

CFO Robert Swan (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$9.1 billion / $4.5 billion

Competitors (NASDAQ: AMZN)



Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 87% of the 4,296 members who have rated eBay believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star starz188, succinctly summed up the eBay bull case for our community:

I'm late to the party on this one. ... However I'm making my bet here largely due to PayPal and the payments portion of eBay's organization. ...

Mobile commerce continues to depend heavily on secure, reliable payment methods and PayPal is simply the most-recognizable brand in the mix. Google has their hat in the ring along with others, but none are matching PayPal in market share.

With all this said about payments, the eBay marketplace segment is still growing (surprisingly). ...

Between the strong marketplace growth and my belief in PayPal and the payments segment, I think this is a great bet on mobile commerce.

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