PayPal tops estimates amid surge in online shopping but outlook disappoints

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By Anna Irrera, Niket Nishant and Eva Mathews
(Reuters) – PayPal Holdings Inc beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue and profit on Monday, boosted by a surge in digital payments as COVID-19 lockdowns worldwide drove more businesses online, but it forecast current-quarter profit below expectations.
Shares of the digital payments processor fell more than 6% in extended trade.
For the fourth quarter, PayPal expects adjusted profit to grow in a range of 17% to 18%, below analysts’ estimated growth of about 24%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
PayPal Chief Executive Dan Schulman said in a call with analysts that the company was giving a more prudent estimate for the fourth quarter in part because of uncertainty due to the pandemic and its impact on the global economy, as well …

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