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Old 05-19-2017, 10:13 AM
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Never too late to buy AMZN

I waited and waited for a pullback. A few days ago I bought 10 shares. It is up $98 already.

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May 19, 2017 09:56 AM ET (BZ Newswire) -- Analyst ColorLoop Capital Markets has reiterated its Buy rating and $1,100 price target on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) following the completion of a Prime user survey the firm conducted.
Research analysts Blake Harper and Anthony Chukumba surveyed over 500 Prime members in order to better understand Amazon's consumer demographics. They believe Amazon’s aggressive growth in the retail industry has been fueled by its successful yearly membership program, and their findings led them to stay bullish on Amazon.
A Few Key Discoveries
1. Millennials, Gen Xers not the only ones shopping online.
Surprisingly, nearly 60 percent of Prime members surveyed are 45 years old or older. Harper and Chukumba believe this indicates older consumers are comfortable shopping online, a plus for the company as this is a huge demographic to target.
2. Not a service just for the rich.
The research also found nearly three-quarters of Prime members surveyed have household incomes less than $100,000. Harper and Chukumba said, “We believe this indicates even relatively price conscious consumers think the benefits of Prime outweigh the $99 annual membership fee.”
3. Prime Members are ordering regularly.
Prime members are very frequent shoppers at Amazon. Specifically, 50 percent of individuals surveyed order from Amazon 2–5 times each month, and 10 percent are ordering 6–10 times.
4. Members love free shipping but are now starting to notice media benefits.
Finally, free two-day shipping has been the most used benefit for Prime members, but the additional value of the included media content provided by Prime is increasingly being recognized by most users. Harper and Chukumba believe Amazon still has a lot of potential to increase the usage penetration of these services.
Key Takeaways
Loop Capital Markets expects Amazon to continue to gain market share in North America as consumers continue the transition to online shopping. With this shift, the firm also expects to see higher usage for the Amazon Pantry service and Amazon Dash Buttons. Conversely, Harper and Chukumba are becoming increasingly cautious on specialty hard-line retail sector, but they still think attractive long ideas remain.
Overall, Loop Capital believes Amazon will continue to increase the number of Prime-eligible items on its platform (in retail, apparel, auto parts, grocery, etc.). In addition, Amazon is now focused on providing products that serve as recurring purchases for households. Specifically, it is increasing its stock of grocery and household items. Of note, recent media reports have also indicated that Amazon is looking to enter the pharmacy business.
Amazon shares were trading at $958.49 in Friday's pre-market session.
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Amazon back up to a few cents off of all-time high.
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AMZN hits all-time high @ 972.55, backs off to close @ 970, a buying opportunity in my opinion.

Buy Amazon ‘aggressively’ on any post-earnings dip, say bullish analysts,
SIG Susquehanna sticks to $1,250-per-share target after e-retailer’s earnings

Amazon.com Inc. is about to toss an opportunity at investors who haven’t yet picked up shares, or who want to buy more.

That’s the gist from a bullish Amazon AMZN, +1.13% analyst, Shyam Patil of SIG Susquehanna, who said investors should be ready to buy if shares of the e-commerce company fall in reaction to disappointing holiday sales.

Amazon reported forecast-beating earnings of $1.54 a share for the fourth quarter, but investors zeroed in on the fact that sales rose 22% to $43.7 billion, just missing the consensus expectation of $44.7 billion.

The online retailer’s revenue outlook for the fiscal first quarter also fell short — in a range of $33.25 billion to $33.75 billion, while the Street was expecting $36 billion. Investors hit the sell button in late-Thursday trade, pushing shares down more than 4%.

Below is a link to one of many websites, now a month old, to buy. AMZN up in pre-market.


Buy Amazon ‘aggressively’ on any post-earnings dip, say bullish analysts - MarketWatch
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lol

I bought 100 shares of AMZN (sometime in mid- to late-2000) at about $26 a share. Then it dropped a little, and it was one of the 1st I sold when the tech bubble started to burst in early 2001.

Turns out to be the worst move ever. Would be worth a nice chunk now.

Personally been a Prime member for over 2 years. Love it, use it all the time. Everything from music to dog toys, razor blades, and food.
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I gag everytime I see my statement that reads "Member since 1998"

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I gag everytime I see my statement that reads "Member since 1998"

Yeah, I've been with AMZN since 98. Back when we used it to buy books and CDs.
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I used to be a Wal-Mart subscriber to their DVD service. Then they sold it to Netflix.The free live streaming sucked massively. So I never gave Netflix another look.
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I've been with Netflix since the beginning, too. Used to get the DVDs in the mail. When streaming started, I'd watch at work where we had a faster connection.

Been streaming only for the last 6 years or so.
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Better Buy: Amazon.com, Inc. vs Google
Both stocks are excellent buys for growth investors, but which one is right for you?

Adam Levy (TMFnCaffeine) Apr 9, 2017 at 5:00PM
Both Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Google's parent company, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), are trading near their all-time highs. Amazon's stock has climbed so much in the past 12 months, it's made its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos the second wealthiest person in the world, recently surpassing Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega. Alphabet shares are up a modest 11%, compared with Amazon's 51% increase.

But investors can't dwell too much on the past. They need to look to the future to determine which stocks offer the best opportunities for further gains. Today we'll compare the two tech giants head to head to determine which is a better buy: Amazon.com or Alphabet.

Amazon is firing on all cylinders
Amazon's core retail business is strong. It generated $124 billion in revenue in 2016 across its North American and international retail segments. That's up 25% from $99 billion in 2015. Amazon's growth is fueled by increasing Prime membership, which acts as a huge incentive for both customers and merchants to use Amazon's marketplace before looking elsewhere. A survey from BloomReach found that 55% of online shoppers begin their product search on Amazon.com.

But what's really driving Amazon's stock price higher is its more profitable operating segment, Amazon Web Services. AWS is Amazon's cloud computing service, which supports all sorts of web applications, from basic websites to huge data-consuming apps such as Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). AWS sales increased 55% last year to $12.2 billion. More importantly, the segment's operating profit of $3.1 billion is about three times as much as Amazon's retail business.

Amazon is also expanding into other high-margin businesses. Its advertising business is growing rapidly, albeit on a small base. Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowack estimates that Amazon's ad business could grow to $5 billion by next year and $7 billion by 2020. And those sales are high margin, which means that despite the relatively small revenue compared with the rest of Amazon's retail segment, Amazon could see significant profit growth. Nowack notes, however, that Amazon's ad revenue growth shouldn't cut into Google's core search ad sales.

Alphabet is as steady as ever
Alphabet may have changed its name to reflect its other bets besides Google, but the online advertising business is still its core business. Google accounted for 99% of the company's revenue and 118% of its operating income in 2016, while "other bets" produced an operating loss.

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Google is managing to expand its already dominant share of the search advertising market. eMarketer expects Google to expand its share by 16.1% to claim roughly 78% of the U.S. search market this year.

Google growth is being fueled by its Android operating system, which recently became the most popular operating system across all devices. Google is also extremely popular across other mobile OSes, and consumers are turning to their smartphones more often to look up details on just about anything. That means more Google searches and more search ad revenue.

YouTube is also a dominant force on mobile, with the average mobile viewer spending 40 minutes watching video per session as of mid-2015. YouTube is currently under scrutiny for displaying ads before objectionable content, but Google has quickly taken steps to counteract the issues. The negative impact on Google should be relatively small.


Lots of growth, but which should you buy?
The growth outlook for both Amazon and Alphabet is quite strong, so how can investors decide which to buy?

Both companies have strong balance sheets with huge amounts of cash and relatively little debt. Alphabet's $86 billion in cash and equivalents, however, completely dwarfs Amazon's $26 billion. Alphabet even has less long-term debt than Amazon. Alphabet also produces more cash from operations -- $36 billion, versus $16 billion. That's not to say Amazon's struggling for cash, but Alphabet is in a better position.

Perhaps more telling are the valuation multiples investors are putting on both companies. Amazon currently trades for a price-to-earnings multiple of 182.6. Alphabet (C shares) is comparatively cheap at 29.6 times earnings.

But analysts are significantly more bullish on Amazon's earnings growth prospects, expecting an average of 72.7% earnings growth over the next five years, compared with just 19% for Alphabet.

Google's growth is coming from the megatrend of advertisers who are shifting more ad dollars to digital while consumers spend more time searching and watching videos on their smartphones. Amazon's growth will come from AWS and the emergence of other high-margin categories such as advertising. Amazon is also working off a much smaller net-income base than Alphabet. Its growth is much less certain than Alphabet's, but it has the potential to pay off in the long run.

If you can stomach the up-and-down nature of Amazon stock, I think it makes a better long-term buy despite its sky-high valuation. For more conservative growth investors, Alphabet is an excellent option.

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AMZN hits 999, falls to 991.44 overnight, opened @ 995 and falling. Later today might be a buying opprotunity.
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I had 100 shares I bought for $120. Went up to $130 then fell to $105ish. Got scared when got back up to my buy-in sold out. $12k could be worth around $95k now. I got queezy thinking about it.
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Old 05-30-2017, 11:19 AM
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hits $1000.05 today.
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One million shares dumped @ mkt 8:30. pushes it to 948, buyers come in...now 993 after 999.50
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