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How PayPal Stock Compares to Its Peers


Jan. 3 2019, Updated 9:00 a.m. ET

Shareholder returns and stock trends

On December 28, PayPal (PYPL) opened the trading session at $85 and closed at $83.26. It posted an average volume of 6.85 million. The company had generated investor returns of 1.57% in the trailing-one-month period and 11.62% in the trailing-12-month period. Its share price had risen 0.99% in the trailing-five-day period.

Among PayPal’s peers in the Internet sector, Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Amazon (AMZN), and Yelp (YELP), generated returns of -19.59%, -24.91%, 25.02%, and -18.63%, respectively, in the trailing-12-month period.

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Moving averages

On December 28, PayPal was trading 0.16% below its 200-day moving average. In comparison, Alibaba was trading 19.76% below its 200-day moving average, eBay was trading 18.92% below its 200-day moving average, Amazon was trading 13.13% below its 200-day moving average, and Yelp was trading 17.88% below its 200-day moving average.

At its current market price, PayPal stock is trading 1.21% below its 20-day moving average and 0.47% below its 50-day moving average.

PayPal’s scale

On December 28, PayPal was the world’s third-largest Internet player, with a market cap of $99.48 billion. Among the company’s peers, Alibaba’s market cap is $360.85 billion, eBay’s market cap is $27.65 billion, Amazon’s market cap is $740.71 billion, and Yelp’s market cap is $2.85 billion.

RSI and analysts’ recommendations

PayPal reported a 14-day RSI (relative strength index) of 51 compared to 44, 51, 45, and 49 reported by Alibaba, eBay, Amazon, and Yelp, respectively. These RSI levels indicate that the above-mentioned stocks are neither overbought nor oversold.

Of the 30 analysts covering PayPal stock, 20 have given it “buys,” and ten have given it “holds.”


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