Seattle-based Amazon is a multinational e-commerce company that also focuses on cloud computing, artificial intelligence and more. The large-cap Nasdaq company employs about 1,125,000 people. It was founded by Jeff Bezos, who announced that he will be stepping down as CEO in the third quarter of 2021. He’ll be replaced by Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy.
Amazon.com, Inc opened the day at $0.00 after a previous close of $0.00. During the day the price has varied from a low of $0.00 to a high of $0.00. The latest price was $0.00 (25 minute delay). All prices are listed in US Dollars.
Tuesday, February 2: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced he is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer in the third quarter of 2021. Bezos will remain the company’s executive chairman – as well as its biggest shareholder. Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, will take on the role of Amazon’s CEO following Bezos’s departure.
How to buy shares in Amazon
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Search for Amazon. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: AMZN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Amazon reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Amazon, depending on your broker.
Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Amazon. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
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Is Amazon under- or over-valued?
Valuing Amazon stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Amazon's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Amazon's P/E ratio
Amazon's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 74x. In other words, Amazon shares trade at around 74x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Amazon's PEG ratio
Amazon's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4928. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Amazon's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Amazon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$48.1 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Amazon's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
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TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Amazon shares
There are currently 3.8 million Amazon shares held short by investors – that's known as Amazon's "short interest". This figure is 14.5% up from 3.3 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Amazon shares can be evaluated.
Amazon's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Amazon's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Amazon shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Amazon shares traded daily (recently around 3.8 million). Amazon's SIR currently stands at 0.99. In other words for every 100,000 Amazon shares traded daily on the market, roughly 990 shares are currently held short.
However Amazon's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Amazon shares, or, against the total number of tradable Amazon shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Amazon's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Amazon shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0089% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Amazon shares, roughly 9 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Amazon.
Amazon's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Amazon.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Amazon's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 33.42
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Amazon's overall score of 33.42 (as at 01/01/2019) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 52nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Amazon is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Amazon's environmental score
Environmental score: 10.63/100
Amazon's environmental score of 10.63 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amazon is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Amazon's social score
Social score: 18.52/100
Amazon's social score of 18.52 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amazon is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Amazon's governance score
Governance score: 12.78/100
Amazon's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Amazon is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Amazon's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Amazon scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Amazon hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
Amazon.com, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.
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Amazon share dividends
We're not expecting Amazon to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Have Amazon's shares ever split?
Amazon's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 2 September 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Amazon shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Amazon shares which in turn could have impacted Amazon's share price.
Amazon share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Amazon's shares have ranged in value from as little as $1626.0318 up to $3552.25. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Amazon's is 1.143. This would suggest that Amazon's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Amazon.com, Inc. engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from third-party sellers through physical and online stores. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TVs, Rings, and Echo and other devices; provides Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store; and develops and produces media content. In addition, it offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its websites, as well as its stores; and programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, skill and app developers, and others to publish and sell content. Further, the company provides compute, storage, database, analytics, machine learning, and other services, as well as fulfillment, advertising, publishing, and digital content subscriptions. Additionally, it offers Amazon Prime, a membership program, which provides free shipping of various items; access to streaming of movies and TV episodes; and other services. The company serves consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Frequently asked questions
Currently 14.556% of Amazon shares are held by insiders and 58.663% by institutions.
Latest data suggests 1,298,000 work at Amazon.
Amazon's fiscal year ends in December.
Amazon's address is: 410 Terry Avenue North, Seattle, WA, United States, 98109-5210
Amazon's international securities identification number is: US0231351067
Amazon's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 023135106
Jing Jun Ma is an innovations expert at Finder. With a decade of experience in digital marketing and programming, Jing is a tech and data guy. He wrangles data to make it useful for consumers facing a decision.
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