Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) Receiving Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Report Finds
News headlines about Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) have been trending somewhat negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Amazon.com earned a media sentiment score of -1.12 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news stories about the e-commerce giant an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Amazon.com’s ranking:
- Amazon signs lease for more offices in Hudson Yards – New York Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
- Buy a Nintendo Switch & get a $30 Amazon credit – WRAL.com (wral.com)
- NAIOP Industrial Deal of the Year: Seefried Properties wins for Amazon (finance.yahoo.com)
- Amazon Deals of the Day: Memory cards, gaming chairs, Kindle books, preschool toys, Oakley & Ray-Ban sunglasses – WRAL.com (wral.com)
- Jeff Bezos says Amazon wants to work more with the Pentagon (feeds.reuters.com)
Several analysts have recently issued reports on AMZN shares. Benchmark reduced their price objective on Amazon.com from $2,300.00 to $2,100.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 25th. Wolfe Research started coverage on Amazon.com in a research report on Tuesday, October 8th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $2,234.00 price objective for the company. Piper Jaffray Companies cut their target price on shares of Amazon.com from $2,225.00 to $2,150.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, October 25th. Wedbush reduced their target price on shares of Amazon.com from $2,350.00 to $2,000.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, October 25th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on shares of Amazon.com from $2,280.00 to $2,000.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 25th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and forty-two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $2,173.82.
Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 24th. The e-commerce giant reported $4.23 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.46 by ($0.23). Amazon.com had a return on equity of 22.52% and a net margin of 4.27%. The firm had revenue of $69.98 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $68.72 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $5.75 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Amazon.com, Inc. will post 20.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In related news, CEO Jeffrey A. Wilke sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $1,748.04, for a total transaction of $1,748,040.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,480,400. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Indra K. Nooyi purchased 100 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 4th. The stock was bought at an average price of $1,726.06 per share, with a total value of $172,606.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 250 shares in the company, valued at approximately $431,515. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders sold 12,796 shares of company stock worth $22,669,578 in the last 90 days. 16.10% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
Amazon.com Company Profile
Amazon.com, Inc engages in the retail sale of consumer products and subscriptions in North America and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) segments. It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from third-party sellers through physical stores and online stores.
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