Amazon.com (AMZN) Stock Price Target Raised to $850 at Nomura

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon.com (AMZN) stock is up by 0.17% to $678.50 in pre-market trading on Wednesday, after its price target was increased to $850 from $700 at Nomura, which maintained a "buy" rating on the stock.

The firm also boosted its earnings estimates to $5.50 from $5 per share for fiscal 2016, and to $10 from $7.50 per share for fiscal 2017.

Amazon Web Service, a cloud-computing platform, is expected to continue to be a "major growth driver for the Amazon share price," Nomura said in an analyst note this morning.

Over the past year, companies have increased their acceptance of public cloud infrastructure because of improved security and more cost savings.

"We believe improved profitability appears sustainable and that [Amazon's] dominance in the cloud computing market will continue," analysts added.

Additionally, Amazon's U.S. ecommerce market share could rise to about 24% by 2017, compared with about 19% in 2014, analysts noted.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMAZON.COM INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate AMAZON.COM INC (AMZN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Internet & Catalog Retail industry average. The net income increased by 118.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$437.00 million to $79.00 million.
  • AMZN's revenue growth trails the industry average of 38.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • AMAZON.COM INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMAZON.COM INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.54 versus $0.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.90 versus -$0.54).
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 117.89% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 110.50% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, AMAZON.COM INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AMZN

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