The coronavirus hit-world emerged as a boon for the online retail market during second-quarter 2020.
The market has been gaining from the scenario with seamless and fast delivery of orders becoming an integral part of the new normal as people refrain from stepping outside their homes on fears of contracting the deadly virus.Moreover, door-to-door delivery of items such as groceries, healthcare goods and other essentials during the ongoing pandemic has been driving online orders.
Further, solid momentum across online grocery shopping has been fueling online retail sales across several parts of the world.
This abovementioned scenario is quite evident fromthe stellar performance delivered by the e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) in the quarter under review. Notably, the company has been witnessing a flurry of orders since the onset of the ongoing pandemic. Notably, Amazon’s online grocery sales tripled year over year in the second quarter. Further, the company’s strong overall online store sales are testament to the fact that it capitalized well on surging online shopping demand worldwide.
Moreover, the company’s strong sales outlook for third-quarter 2020 indicates that the e-commerce space is likely to sustain momentum courtesy of coronavirus-induced restrictions.
eBay (EBAY - Free Report) , another major e-commerce player, also delivered robust second-quarter performance on the back of its solid Marketplace growth and accelerating gross merchandise volume. Notably, the company’s positive outlook for the current quarter reflects the fact that it anticipates to continue benefiting from solid growth in e-commerce space owing to shelter-in-place protocol. Notably, eBay has raised full-year guidance, which remains encouraging.
Hence, we believe growing proliferation of ultrafast delivery services and rapid adoption of online payment applications in this conductive scenario are likely to have benefited the e-commerce stocks during the second quarter.
Moreover, coronavirus induced health risks, which are a major concern globally, are strongly aiding shift in the consumer spending pattern to e-commerce. This is expected to have helpedthe online retail companies in acquiring new customers during the quarter under review.
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JD.com (JD - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +13.79% and a Zacks Rank #1 currently. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter 2020 earnings has been revised upward by 2.6% to 39 cents per share over the past 30 days.
MercadoLibre (MELI - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2020 results on Aug 6. The company has an Earnings ESP of +93.88% and a Zacks Rank #2 currently. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has been revised upward from break-even point to 10 cents per share over the past 30 days.
Alibaba (BABA - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +5.53% and a Zacks Rank #3 currently. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings has been revised upward by 6% to $1.95 per share over the past 30 days.
Wayfair (W - Free Report) is slated to report second-quarter 2020 results on Aug 5. The company has an Earnings ESP of +21.40% and a Zacks Rank #3 currently. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has been revised upward by 2.3% to 89 cents per share over the past 30 days.
Carvana (CVNA - Free Report) is scheduled to report second-quarter 2020 results on Aug 5. The company has an Earnings ESP of +12.41% and a Zacks Rank #3 currently. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for loss has narrowed from 83 cents per share to 79 cents per share over the past 30 days.
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