PayPal Stock Shows Relative Strength As It Struggles To Break Out After Forming Cup-With-Handle Base

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY and JAMES DETAR

The Relative Strength (RS) Rating for financing giant PayPal rose into a new percentile Tuesday, climbing to 81, up from 77 the prior trading session. PayPal stock rose about 1% Tuesday afternoon, to 292.29.

The RS Rating bump up means that PayPal stock, the IBD Stock Of The Day Tuesday, is performing in the top 19% of all stocks, regardless of industry group. Market history shows that top-performing stocks often have an 80 or better RS Rating in the early stages of their moves.

PayPal Stock Formed Cup-With-Handle Base

After three quarters of boisterous growth including year-over-year EPS growth of 41%, 30% and then 85%, last quarter PayPal's EPS grew a milder 7% to $1.15. Similarly, revenue grew 25%, 23% and then 31%. Last quarter, revenue grew 19% to $6.24 billion. Starting in February, PayPal stock formed a long cup-with-handle pattern. But it dropped back from an all-time high 310.16 on July 26, and has moved sideways for a couple of weeks following the weaker-than-expected earnings results.

Among its other key ratings, San Jose, Calif.-based PayPal stock has a 90 EPS Rating, of a best-possible 99. Additionally, its 93 Composite Rating puts it in the top 7% of stocks on a group of key metrics. PayPal has been growing amid expansion of its Venmo peer-to-peer payment app, as well as its traditional PayPal financing arm

IBD's Composite Rating combines five separate proprietary ratings of fundamental and technical performance into one easy-to-use rating. The best growth stocks have a Composite Rating of 90 or better.

PayPal stock earns the No. 4 rank among its peers in the Finance-Card/Payment Processing industry group. Square and Evertec are also among the group's highest-rated stocks.

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PayPal stock is working on a flat base with a 310.26 entry. See if the stock can break out in heavy volume. Be aware that it's a third-stage base. Such later-stage patterns are more likely to fail than earlier-stage formations.

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This exclusive rating from Investor's Business Daily measures market leadership with a 1 (worst) to 99 (best) score. The rating shows how a stock's price movement over the last 52 weeks compares to all the other stocks in our database.


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