Deutsche Bank Keeps 'Buy' on eBay

Analyst Jeetil Patel says the online auction company's near-term product listings are growing rapidly

Deutsche Bank reiterates buy on EBay (EBAY ).

Analyst Jeetil Patel says his analysis indicates eBay's product listings appear to be tracking at 63% year-over-year growth in the first week of the second quarter. At the current rate of 16.4 million listings, he thinks eBay could could achieve 55% second quarter listings growth vs. his 48% estimate.

Patel reiterates his buy rating on near-term listings momentum, conservative estimates, and a continued vibrant long-term outlook. He says while shares are trading at about 68 times his $1.30 2003 earnings per share estimate, slightly below his $95 12-month price target, he thinks long-term growth and operating margin expansion could prove his estimates conservative in coming quarters.

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