Amazon.com Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (AMZN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, AMZN's share price has jumped by 32.47%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although AMZN had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 25.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $5,081.00 million or 19.02% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, AMAZON.COM INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 25.00%.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 44.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $177.00 million to $98.00 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, AMAZON.COM INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North America and International. Amazon.com has a market cap of $118.92 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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