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How 4 Big E-Commerce Stocks Stack Up Now

A $46 billion industry offers its report card to investors

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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.

Amazon (AMZN) and UPS (UPS) will report earnings on Thursday,  eBay (EBAY) released its results last week and Best Buy (BBY) rolls out its numbers in late February.

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:

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