Are Wall Street Analysts Bullish on Match Group Stock?

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Match Group, Inc. (MTCH), with a market cap of $7.8 billion, is a leading provider of dating products. Incorporated in 1986 and based in Dallas, it operates a portfolio of over 45 brands, including well-known names like Tinder,, PlentyOfFish, Meetic, and OkCupid. 

Shares of Match Group have underperformed the broader market considerably over the past year. MTCH has declined 13.5% over this time frame, while the broader S&P 500 Index ($SPX) is up 28.9%. In 2024 alone, the stock is down 19.5%, compared to SPX’s 11.2% return on a YTD basis.

Narrowing the focus, MTCH has also underperformed the S&P 500 Communication Sector SPDR (XLC), which has gained 36.2% over the past year.

Shares of Match dropped following its Q1 earnings release on May 7 despite exceeding consensus revenue and EPS estimates. The decline was driven by a drop in payers and lower-than-expected revenue guidance for the next quarter.

For the current fiscal year, ending in December, analysts expect MTCH’s EPS to fall 6.6% year over year to $2.11. However, the company’s earnings surprise history is solid. It exceeded the consensus estimate in each of the last four quarters.

Match Group stock has a consensus “Moderate Buy” rating overall. Out of 25 analysts covering the stock, 14 rate it as a "Strong Buy," one suggests a "Moderate Buy," and 10 advise a "Hold.”

This configuration is slightly less bullish than two months before, with 15 analysts advising a “Strong Buy” rating.

On May 13, Susquehanna reduced Match Group's price target to $45 from $46 while maintaining a "Positive" rating on the shares. The adjustment was due to challenges at Tinder affecting the company's fiscal Q2 and full-year outlook. However, Susquehanna remains optimistic about Match's long-term prospects, citing its leading position in the industry and innovative products. 

The mean price target of $39.13 suggests a 33.1% premium to MTCH from current levels. The Street-high target of $55 represents an impressive upside potential of 87.1%.

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