As online retailers and e-commerce-related companies gear up the next shopping splurge surrounding Valentine’s Day, final tallies for the past holiday season are tugging the heartstrings of many investors as companies release fourth-quarter 2013 earnings with those all-important figures included.
The industry as a whole fared well as online shoppers spent $46.6 billion or 10% more in 2013 than the year prior, albeit short of forecasts for 14%, according to comScore.
Reasons for the miss range from a shorter holiday season to economically challenged consumers to mega-discounts that allowed for buying more for less—great for shoppers; not so great for retailers’ bottom lines.
When you look at some of the biggest e-commerce stocks, though, just one very bright star emerged — Amazon — while some others are suffering from a mix of consequences do to either poor or mediocre holiday sales (Best Buy and eBay ) or in the case of United Parcel Service, the inability to deliver all last-minute orders by Christmas.
Here is how these big stocks in ecommerce stack up now: