Inflation in the United States remains sky-high, implying that market volatility is still rampant. To tame the red-hot inflation, the Fed has hiked interest rates 300 basis points so far this year. The central bank further vowed to hike interest rates to drag down inflation to its 2% target at best by 2025. Soaring interest rates will continue to increase the cost of borrowing, which in turn, will persistently affect consumer spending.
Due to the rising interest rate-induced economic slowdown, Lyft LYFT reportedly decided to stop hiring employees through the year-end. Per LYFT spokeswoman Ashley Adams, “Like many other companies navigating an uncertain economy, we are pausing hiring for all U.S.-based roles through the end of the year.”
LYFT started the process of informing prospective candidates about the decision to freeze hiring. The economic downturn-induced hiring freeze is a further setback for Lyft, shares of which have declined 66.2% year to date.
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In May, rival Uber Technologies UBER had announced the decision to reduce spending and slow down hiring. To cater to the long-term interests of its shareholders, Uber aims to make its business model leaner by cutting down on expenses pertaining to marketing and incentives.
Zacks Rank & Stock to Consider
Lyft currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A better-ranked stock in the Zacks Internet-Services industry is Baidu BIDU, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). BIDU offers a Chinese language search platform with a network of third-party websites and software applications.
At Baidu, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has been revised 16.2% upward over the past 60 days. BIDU has a stellar earnings surprise history, having outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the preceding four quarters, the average being 58.1%.
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