E-commerce and tech giant Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) guided a slowdown in sales growth for the holiday season, making investors anxious. The company expects net sales between $140 billion and $148 billion for the year's final quarter, below analysts’ expectations, representing a year-over-year improvement of as little as 2%.
“We are seeing signs all around that, again, people’s budgets are tight, inflation is still high, energy costs are an additional layer on top of that caused by other issues,” Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said. “We are preparing for what could be a slower growth period, like most companies,” he added.
AMZN’s shares plunged substantially following the gloomy forecast and are hovering around its 52-week low. The stock has slumped 46% year-to-date to the last trading session at $89.98, well below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $116.72 and $130.19, respectively.
AMZN’s market cap recently slipped below $1 trillion.
AMZN has been trying to navigate the macroeconomic headwinds and hosted two cornerstone sales events in a year: Prime Day in July and the Prime Early Access Sale last month. Continue reading "1 Stock You Should Think Twice About Buying" →
Tech stocks continue to appreciate regardless of any ebb and flow in the COVID-19 backdrop, particularly with the delta variant taking a foothold in many swaths of the world. Conspicuously missing from this impressive bull market in the technology cohort is Amazon (AMZN). Technology underpins the stay-at-home economy and the so-called back to normal economy; this is especially true regarding Amazon. Now more than ever, technology serves an integral part of every slice of the economy as these stocks have remained strong despite the massive rotation into value stocks throughout 2021. Stocks such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, and the Invesco QQQ Trust have witnessed massive appreciation thus far in 2021. A potential gem in this cohort lies with Amazon as this stock has not participated at all in the 2021 rally and essentially flat year-to-date. Amazon has been beaten down since reporting its most recent earnings and incorrectly correlated with only the stay-at-home economy plays. Amazon presents value at these reduced levels and looks like a compelling buy for long-term investors.
Pricing Power: The Value Rotation and Roaring Tech
The market has witnessed a massive sea change as the large-scale vaccination efforts in the US are coming to fruition, albeit risks remain with the delta variant. The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq have rallied to all-time highs while recovery and value names have recaptured more than lost market capitalization due to the COVID-19 impact. Meanwhile, many technology stocks that powered the market higher in the initial stages of this post-COVID-19 rally stalled out early in 2021 to now rip higher as well. Now, tech participation has been a major driver to propel the markets even higher. Continue reading "Tech Continues To Power Higher: Amazon Gem" →
Tech stocks continue to appreciate regardless of any ebb and flow in the COVID-19 backdrop or the prospect of rising interest rates. Albeit there was a minor sell-off in late February as a function of rising interest rates that has been quickly erased. Tech underpins the stay-at-home economy and the so-called back-to-normal economy. And now more than ever, technology serves as an integral part of every slice of the economy. These stocks have remained strong despite the massive rotation into value stocks throughout 2021. Considering many of these names have appreciated since their February lows and breaking through their 52-week highs, these large-cap tech companies are priced for perfection heading into earnings. Stocks such as Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and the broader index Powershares (QQQ) have appreciated double digits over a two-week period as we head into earnings.
The Value Rotation and Roaring Tech
The market has witnessed a massive sea change as the large-scale vaccination efforts in the US is coming to fruition. The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq have rallied to all-time highs while recovery and value names have recaptured more of their lost market capitalization due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, many technology stocks that powered the market higher in the initial stages of this post-COVID-19 rally have stalled out early in 2021 to now rip higher as well. Once the value rotation began, many high-quality technology names fell from their highs and have traded sideways since their highs back in September. Now tech participation has been a major driver to propel the markets even higher and to even more lofty levels. Continue reading "Tech Earnings On Tap - Priced For Perfection?" →