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Amazon.com (AMZN) Rising Before The Market Opens

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Amazon.com ( AMZN) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Amazon.com as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AMZN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $931.1 million.
  • AMZN traded 28,829 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:25 AM.
  • AMZN is up 2% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on AMZN:

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. AMZN has a PE ratio of 505.9. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Amazon.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Amazon.com has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Amazon.com has a market cap of $149.0 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.81 and a short float of 1.8% with 2.65 days to cover. Shares are down 17.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Amazon.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • AMAZON.COM INC has improved earnings per share by 27.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, AMAZON.COM INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.58 versus -$0.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.05 versus $0.58).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.
  • The gross profit margin for AMAZON.COM INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.92%. Regardless of AMZN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.54% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$2,502.00 million or 5.48% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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