Is Airbnb Stock Outperforming the Dow?

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Based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb, Inc. (ABNB) operates a global online marketplace that connects hosts offering accommodations and experiences with guests. With a market cap of $96.1 billion, the company primarily facilitates booking private rooms, primary homes, and vacation properties.

Companies valued at $10 billion or more are generally considered "large-cap" stocks, and Airbnb fits this criterion perfectly. Airbnb is renowned for transforming the hospitality sector by facilitating over 1.5 billion guest arrivals through a network of more than 5 million hosts globally, generating significant revenue by charging commissions on bookings across nearly every country.

However, the online accommodations platform has slipped 14.1% from its 52-week high of $170.10, achieved in March. Shares of Airbnb dipped 11.3% over the past three months, lagging behind the broader Dow Jones Industrials Average's ($DOWI) dip over the same time frame.

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However, longer term, ABNB is up 7.3% on a YTD basis, overshadowing the DOWI's 2.5% gains. Moreover, shares of Airbnb have surged nearly 17% over the past 52 weeks, compared to Dow Jones' 13% returns over the same time frame.

ABNB has shown a bullish trend, consistently trading above its 200-day moving average since mid-November, while it has remained mostly above its 50-day moving average since December despite a few fluctuations.

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Airbnb has outperformed over the past year due to strong momentum in booking growth, recovery in cross-border travel, expansion in urban areas, and increased demand among first-time bookers, bolstered by its diverse and unique accommodation offerings. Nevertheless, the stock dropped nearly 6.9% on May 9 following its Q1 earnings results on May 8 due to weaker-than-expected Q2 forecasts, which overshadowed the strong quarterly profit beat.

Highlighting ABNB stock's outperformance, its rival, Expedia Group, Inc. (EXPE), has plunged 18.7% on a YTD basis, while ABNB stock boasts high single-digit returns. Also, over the past 52 weeks, despite shares of Expedia having gained 11.2%, they are still lagging behind ABNB stock’s double-digit returns over the same time frame.  

Despite the stock's impressive gains over the past year, analysts are cautiously optimistic about its prospects. The stock has a consensus “Moderate Buy” rating overall from the 36 analysts covering the stock, and the mean price target of $154.55 represents a premium of just 5.8% to current levels. 



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