The company returned to revenue growth after two quarters of declines following the new Internet advertising laws in China.
The valuation gap with Alphabet has grown incredibly large suggesting the soon-to-be faster growing Baidu has plenty of upside.
The Q1 '17 results prove that Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is finally emerging from a nearly yearlong bout with tighter Internet advertising regulations in China. The requirement to verify online marketing accounts set the business back nearly a year.
The digital payments company produces consistently strong and growing free cash flows.
The stock offers a reasonable value back by huge stock buyback plans.
My last recommendation on PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL) over a year ago was to buy the digital payments stock alongside a $2 billion share buyback. After a big rally, the company still signals value even with the market cap soaring beyond $55 billion.