- Angela Gonzalez-Rodriguez
EBay (EBAY) shares fell
Thursday, weighted by amid analyst’s disappointment on weaker-than-expected
fourth-quarter guidance after a strong third quarter. The e-commerce
company’s stock shredded 7.5 percent despite beating Wall Street
expectations its third-quarter results.
The company reported adjusted earnings of 85 cents per share compared
with 77 cents expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Revenue also
surpassed expectations with eBay reporting 2.61 billion versus 2.48
billion dollars expected.
However, in a note to clients, Atlantic Equities cited weak guidance for
international sales and said there were signs the benefits from Covid were
“transitory” for eBay.
The retailer’s stock recently traded at 48.54 dollars, down 8.9 percent.
EBay shares have climbed 35 percent year to date, according to Bloomberg
data. EBay’s guidance for the fourth quarter had analysts wondering whether
the boost the e-commerce site got from consumers visiting during the
coronavirus pandemic would fade.
Kunal Madhukar of Deutsche Bank cut his share-price target to 59 dollars
from 64 dollars and affirmed his buy rating. “The fourth-quarter guide —
of low-double-digit [gross merchandise value] growth, down from 21 percent
in the third quarter — was underwhelming,” he wrote in a commentary cited
Analysts’ doubts about eBay’s performance in the long term weight the
Echoing Madhukar’s doubts about the company’s performance in the next
three months, analyst Aaron Kessler At Raymond James kept his
market-perform rating, indicating that “While we are encouraged by a
healthy third quarter, slowing near-term trends are likely to be an
investor concern.” In a commentary cited by Bloomberg, he noted that growth
overseas slowed in the third quarter, following a loosening of mobility
“EBay’s relevance to consumers in a normalised environment continues to
be a key concern,” he wrote in a commentary cited by Bloomberg. The stock’s
valuation sits one standard deviation above the historical average,
indicating further gains are already priced in, Brent Thill of Jefferies
said. He has a ‘hold’ rating on eBay, with a share-price target of 58
On the positive end of the analyst spectrum was Morningstar analyst R.J.
Hottovy who wrote that “while current trends aren’t likely to sustain over
the next five years, we continue to see a path to high-single-digit
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