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How to buy Amazon (AMZN) stocks
Learn how to easily invest in Amazon stocks.
Amazon.com Inc is an internet retail business based in the US. Amazon shares (AMZN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Amazon employs 1,544,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$502.2 billion.
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- Amazon shares summary
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- Is Amazon stock a buy or sell?
- Amazon performance over time
- Is Amazon suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Amazon shares over-valued?
- Amazon's financials
- How volatile are Amazon shares?
- Does Amazon pay a dividend?
- Have Amazon shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted Amazon's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Amazon's stock price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was $88.46, which is 95.78% down on its pre-crash value of $2095.97 and 1,738.15% down on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $1626.0318.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Amazon stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $951.42 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $44.23.
Is it a good time to buy Amazon stock?
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Amazon shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$88.46|
|52-week range||$85.87 - $177.18|
|50-day moving average||$105.11|
|200-day moving average||$125.12|
|Wall St. target price||$140.64|
|Dividend yield||$0 (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.12|
Amazon stock price (NASDAQ:AMZN)Use our graph to track the performance of AMZN stocks over time.
Amazon price performance over time
|1 week (2022-12-02)||-6.02%|
|1 month (2022-11-09)||2.69%|
|3 months (2022-09-09)||-33.62%|
|6 months (2022-06-09)||-23.84%|
|1 year (2021-12-06)||-97.42%|
|2 years (2020-12-09)||-97.15%|
|3 years (2019-12-09)||1749.51|
|5 years (2017-12-08)||1162|
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 81x. In other words, Amazon shares trade at around 81x 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 5.2336. 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 $51.5 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Amazon's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||$502.2 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||2.58%|
|Gross profit TTM||$197.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2%|
|Return on equity TTM||8.78%|
|Market capitalisation||$928.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
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 12/31/2018) 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.
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 20:1 basis on 5 June 2022. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 20 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Amazon shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 95% 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 $85.87 up to $177.18. 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 1.1947. 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, Twitch streamers, skill and app developers, and others to publish and sell content.
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