Can I Buy Lyft Stock in 2018?

Eager investors are looking for the next stock to provide market-beating gains in 2018, which is why Money Morning readers have been asking, "Can I buy Lyft stock in 2018?"

You can't buy Lyft stock right now, but its business growth and its goal to be a profitable company this year are two reasons to believe Lyft stock will hit the market in 2018...

Can I buy Lyft stock in 2018

On Oct. 11, 2017, Lyft touted that it reached 500 million rides, and it's been trimming away at Uber's U.S. share for ride-hailing services.

At the start of 2017, Uber owned 80% of the market.

But by Oct. 30, 2017, that fell to 70%.

However, there's more to consider with buying shares of Lyft than just an increase in rides...

Before making a decision about investing in the IPO, here's everything you need to know about the $10 billion company...

How Lyft Got Started

In 2012, Lyft was founded by Logan Green and John Zimmer.

Green and Zimmer originally started a company called Zimride, which was a ridesharing service for college students looking for long-distance carpools back to school.

But in 2013, the duo sold Zimride to Enterprise Holdings for an undisclosed amount to focus on building Lyft's platform.

And as of 2018, focusing solely on Lyft was the right move...

The ride-hailing service increased its rides in the United States 136%, from 53.3 million rides in 2015 to 162.6 million in 2016.

And those numbers are only going to increase thanks to international expansion...

On Dec. 12, 2017, Lyft extended its services to Toronto, Canada.

And because of Lyft's increase in rides and expansion into Canada, it's fetching a lofty valuation...

Lyft's latest valuation is currently $10 billion.

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That's surprising for value-focused investors, as the company lost $600 million in 2016.

However, some investors are willing to accept that $10 billion valuation, because Lyft plans to be profitable this year, according to Bloomberg.

And because of a Sept. 28, 2017, Reuters report, the Lyft IPO appears imminent...

Lyft Could Go Public in 2018

Lyft is in the process of hiring an IPO advisory firm, according to the Sept. 28 Reuters report.

The advisory firm will help pick the underwriters for the IPO. The underwriters will then help Lyft determine an IPO offering price.

The IPO offering price is a discounted stock price, and it will only be available to big banks and hedge funds before it's sold to the public.

According to the report, Lyft completed its interviews for an IPO advisory firm and planned to make its selection shortly.


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When Lyft finally sets an IPO date, we want our readers to be prepared.

Before buying Lyft stock, here's what Money Morning Director of Technology & Venture Capital Research Michael A. Robinson wants you to know.

His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, so you can't afford to miss what he has to say...

Should I Buy Lyft Stock in 2018?

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Robinson doesn't believe retail investors should invest in overhyped IPOs.

"I generally tell retail investors to avoid buying an IPO at the open because the insiders have already made all the money available at the debut," Robinson said.

You see, prices can soar for a few days after a company goes public, which nets early investors the biggest gains. However, retail investors are often buying in at an inflated price, and stock prices after a public offering can be extremely volatile.

But he has one exception...

"My exception to this rule is to put in a limit order that is fairly tight from the offering price. Otherwise, the risk is you buy at the top and then go upside down. That's a big risk to carry with a new issue that hasn't hit the lock-up date," Robinson said.

However, we have one strategy that lets you safely profit from the hype these IPOs create without the risk that can come with buying at the IPO price.

Robinson advises investors to purchase an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that mimics the broader market for IPOs. It's the First Trust U.S. Equity Opportunities ETF Fund (NYSE Arca: FPX).

Because FPX is an ETF, retail investors can buy and sell it just like a stock.

And because FPX holds a mix of recent IPOs, it's diversified. That makes it less risky than owning just one stock, but you still get exposure to popular IPOs.

Because FPX owns more of PayPal Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) (7.95 % of its holdings) than SNAP (1.4% of its holdings), for example, it balances out the risk of IPOs. If FPX just owned shares of SNAP, FPX would be down 47.91% over the last year.

But the PYPL stock price is up 87.17% over the last 12 months, and it accounts for a much larger position than Snapchat.

According to, FPX's holdings include the 100 largest and most recent U.S. public offerings.

It currently holds IPOs that have rolled out over the last several years, including Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP), Match Group Inc. (Nasdaq: MTCH), and Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. (Nasdaq: BUFF). It also holds newly spun-off companies like AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV).

This structure lets you profit from IPOs and new public companies without the risk of owning just one stock.

And over the last five years, FPX has beaten the Dow.

During that time, the price of FPX has climbed 114.39%. In comparison, the Dow is up just 85.69% in the same time.

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