Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online marketplace gorilla 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

$68.7 billion


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$14.5 billion


CEO John Donahoe (since 2008)

CFO Robert Swan (since 2006)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$9.4 billion / $4.5 billion




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

On CAPS, 87% of the 4,453 members who have rated eBay believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Thomas Engle (TMF1000), touched on a couple of eBay's potent sources of growth:

[eBay] has PayPal which is another excellent addition to their business. And PayPal is going to grow much larger. This year millions of offline merchant locations will be accepting PayPal. I expect in the next two years we will see PayPal revenue soar -- that alone is reason to own [eBay]. ...

PayPal wasn't [their] only strategic acquisition -- GSI Commerce hosts websites for 180 retailers which include some big names. Many of those retailers were among the first to accept PayPal in their brick and mortar stores. GSI Commerce did much more for [eBay] than just make PayPal more popular -- they led about 18 merchants to sell their products on [eBay] not relying only on their website for web sales. And GSI continues to add more brick and mortar stores as clients  

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