Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

44.4% of Overstock.com shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.9% of eBay shares are held by institutional investors. 28.9% of Overstock.com shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of eBay shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Overstock.com and eBay’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Overstock.com -0.73% -6.36% -2.38%
eBay 80.45% 15.72% 6.94%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Overstock.com and eBay’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Overstock.com $1.83 billion 0.48 -$1.70 million ($0.52) -67.12
eBay $9.16 billion 4.36 $2.88 billion $6.74 5.53

eBay has higher revenue and earnings than Overstock.com. Overstock.com is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than eBay, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Overstock.com has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, eBay has a beta of 1.36, suggesting that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Overstock.com and eBay, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Overstock.com 0 0 2 0 3.00
eBay 2 20 16 0 2.37

Overstock.com presently has a consensus price target of $30.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.61%. eBay has a consensus price target of $38.44, suggesting a potential upside of 3.08%. Given eBay’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe eBay is more favorable than Overstock.com.

Summary

eBay beats Overstock.com on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Overstock.com Company Profile

Overstock.com, Inc. is an online retailer and incubator of blockchain technology. Through its online retail business, the Company offers a range of price-competitive brand name, non-brand name and closeout products, including furniture, home decor, bedding and bath, housewares, jewelry and watches, apparel and designer accessories, health and beauty products, electronics and computers, and sporting goods. It operates Retail and Medici businesses. Its Retail business consists of its Direct and Partner segments. Its Other segment consists of Medici. The Company also sells various books, magazines, compact discs (CDs), digital versatile discs (DVDs) and video games. The Company sells these products and services through its Internet Websites located at www.overstock.com, www.o.co and www.o.biz. The Company’s other offerings include Worldstock Fair Trade, Main Street Revolution, Farmers Market, Pet Adoptions, Insurance and Supplier Oasis.

eBay Company Profile

eBay Inc. (eBay) is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. Its platforms enable sellers around the world to organize and offer their inventory for sale, and buyers to find and purchase it. Its platforms are accessible through an online experience (desktop and laptop computers), from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and by application programming interface (API) (platform access for third-party software developers). The Company’s Marketplace platforms include its online marketplace located at www.ebay.com, localized counterparts and the eBay mobile applications. The Company’s StubHub platforms include its online ticket platform located at www.stubhub.com, the StubHub mobile applications and Ticketbis. The Company’s Classifieds platforms include a collection of brands, such as Mobile.de, Kijiji, Gumtree, Marktplaats, eBay Kleinanzeigen and others.

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