PayPal (PYPL) is the largest digital platform that provides money transfer services. The fast-growing company remains one of the high-profile stocks in today’s stock market. But is PayPal stock a buy in the current stock market rally?
PayPal reported its fourth-quarter earnings results after the stock market close Tuesday. The company reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of expectations while total payment volume also came in below estimates. PayPal shares plunged 24.6% Wednesday. On Thursday, the stock tumbled another 5%, trading around 125.94.
PayPal Stock Fundamental Analysis: A Strong Track Record
PayPal boasts a consistent track record of earnings and sales growth, stretching back to at least 2010. In that year, it earned a mere 29 cents per share. In 2019, the company reported EPS of $2.96 per share. For 2020, the firm’s earnings grew 31% to $3.88 a share. In 2021, the company’s EPS grew 18% to $4.60. Analysts expect the company’s EPS to grow 13% in 2022 and another 26% in 2023.
As a result of the company’s fundamental strength, PayPal’s EPS Rating is an 84 out of a highest-possible 99. The EPS Rating measures a company’s ability to grow profits year over year, using the most recent two quarters and the past three to five years of earnings growth.
The SMR Rating, meanwhile, highlights a company’s sales, profit margins and return on equity. Such metrics offer significant insight into a company’s fundamental strength. Driven by PayPal’s double-digit sales growth in recent quarters, 26% annual pretax margin and 25% annual ROE in 2020, the SMR Rating is an A.
According to the IBD Stock Checkup, PayPal stock shows a weak 47 out of a perfect 99 IBD Composite Rating. The Composite Rating helps investors easily measure a stock’s fundamental and technical metrics.
PayPal Stock News
PayPal’s Venmo and the Square Cash App started off as person-to-person money-transfer services for family members and friends. Now they’ve evolved into broad consumer financial services apps fueling growth for these leaders in the burgeoning field of digital payments.
In late 2020, PayPal launched a cryptocurrency trading service, allowing clients to buy and sell Bitcoin. In addition, PayPal customers are able to use cryptocurrencies to shop at the 28 million merchants on its network, which started in 2021.
On April 20, PayPal announced crypto on Venmo. The new feature allows customers to use these three types of cryptocurrency, plus Bitcoin Cash, to view crypto trends and make transactions.
On Sept. 8, PayPal announced a $2.7 billion deal to buy Paidy, a Japanese payments platform for buy now, pay later financing plans.
On Oct. 25, the company said it is not pursuing an acquisition of Pinterest (PINS) at this time. According to Bloomberg, PayPal had discussed acquiring the company for a potential price of around $70 a share.
On Nov. 17, Bernstein downgraded the stock from outperform to market perform and lowered the price target from 260 to 220. Shares tumbled over 5% in response.
Is PYPL Stock A Buy Right Now?
PayPal triggered the 7%-8% loss rule from its 296.11 buy point in a cup with handle amid sharp losses in August, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis, so the stock is not a buy right now. There is no new buy point at this time with the stock about 55% off its 52-week high.
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