StockBeat: Goldman Predicts 60% Jump in Lyft

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© Reuters. © Reuters. – Lyft (NASDAQ:) is slumping Thursday, but signs that the ride-hailing company is improving efficiency and gaining market share led Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) to make a bold call, forecasting shares to jump more than 60%.

Goldman Sachs upgraded Lyft to a buy from neutral and lifted its price target on the stock to $71 From $58, indicating more than 61% of upside ahead from its closing price of $44.12. Lyft was down 4%.

The bullish call from Goldman came as the ride-hailing company drove in third-quarter results that were not as bad as many had feared and lifted its guidance.

LYFT a loss of 41 cents a share on revenue of $955.6 billion, beating consensus estimates from for a loss of 77 cents a share on revenue of $915.51 billion.

During the quarter, the number of riders on its platform surged 28% to 22.3 million from a year earlier and it made more money from each rider, a sign that the company is getting costs under control.

Revenue per active rider surged 27% year over year to $42.82.

“Lyft continues to gain share and is beginning to show the operational efficiencies that we’ve previously noted are critical to the ride hailing industry maturing beyond its hyper-competitive, venture-funded phase,” {{Goldman Sachs said in a note to clients.}}

Lyft has an average price target of $69.80, according to consensus estimates from

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