Later this month, Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) will hold its massive annual summit in San Jose, Calif. Sellers, sponsors, and corporate executives will mingle and learn how to use the auction marketplace more effectively.

The name of the event is eBay Live!, though these days one has to wonder whether "live" is most appropriately used as the intended adjective or more as a hopeful verb, as in "eBay, Don't Die!" That's because shareholders have been smarting of late. Even though the stock had a robust May, rising by more than 20%, eBay's shares are trading far below their December peak of $59.21. Pulse, please?

While investors may be concerned about domestic growth slowing to 20% at the flagship auction space, the company is growing briskly overseas. Its PayPal acquisition continues to be a welcome lead foot on the accelerator. But perhaps the biggest testimonial to eBay's continued success is its list of premier sponsors. Income Investor selection Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), UPS (NYSE:UPS), General Electric (NYSE:GE), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) are just some of the names on that roster. Dig a little into each company's strength -- from shipping to financial services to digital imaging -- and it's hard not to walk away with a little more respect for eBay and how it truly is the oil in so many other corporate engines.

So maybe that's why no one is expecting it to rain on the eBay Live! party later this month. Even the B-52s will be there, and the band is more likely to strike up "Love Shack" than "Deadbeat Club."

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a satisfied eBay user. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.