How to buy Amazon shares

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Amazon.com, Inc (AMZN) is a leading internet retail business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$3476.42 after a previous close of US$3486.9. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD3434 to a high of USD3482. The latest price was USD3453.49 (25 minute delay). Amazon is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Amazon

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Amazon. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: AMZN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Amazon reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$3206.22, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Amazon, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Amazon. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Amazon share price

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Amazon shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-21.
OpenUS$3476.42
HighUS$3482
LowUS$3434
CloseUS$3453.49
Previous closeUS$3486.9
Change US$-33.41
Change % -0.9582%
Volume 2,602,008
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$2630.08 - US$3554
50-day moving average US$3279.723
200-day moving average US$3224.0288
Target priceUS$4238.59
PE ratio 66.2256
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$52.562

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Is it a good time to buy Amazon stock?

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Amazon price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $3453.49

1 month (2021-05-21) 7.82%
3 months (2021-03-19) 12.31%
6 months (2020-12-21) 7.71%
1 year (2020-06-19) 29.10%
2 years (2019-06-21) 80.69%
3 years (2018-06-21) 99.60%
5 years (2016-06-21) 382.45%

Is Amazon under- or over-valued?

Valuing Amazon stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Amazon's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Amazon's P/E ratio

Amazon's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 66x. In other words, Amazon shares trade at around 66x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Amazon's PEG ratio

Amazon's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3642. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Amazon's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Amazon's EBITDA

Amazon's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$57.2 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Amazon's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Amazon financials

Revenue TTM US$419.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.1%
Gross profit TTM US$152.8 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.84%
Return on equity TTM 31.92%
Profit margin 6.42%
Book value 205
Market capitalisation US$1.8 trillion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Amazon shares

There are currently 4.8 million Amazon shares held short by investors – that's known as Amazon's "short interest". This figure is 1.2% down from 4.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Amazon shares can be evaluated.

Amazon's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Amazon's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Amazon shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Amazon shares traded daily (recently around 4.1 million). Amazon's SIR currently stands at 1.16. In other words for every 100,000 Amazon shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1160 shares are currently held short.

However Amazon's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Amazon shares, or, against the total number of tradable Amazon shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Amazon's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Amazon shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0105% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Amazon shares, roughly 11 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Amazon.

Find out more about how you can short Amazon stock.

Amazon's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Amazon.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Amazon's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 33.42

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Amazon's overall score of 33.42 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 52nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Amazon is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Amazon's environmental score

Environmental score: 10.63/100

Amazon's environmental score of 10.63 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amazon is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Amazon's social score

Social score: 18.52/100

Amazon's social score of 18.52 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amazon is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Amazon's governance score

Governance score: 12.78/100

Amazon's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Amazon is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Amazon's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Amazon scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Amazon hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Amazon.com, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 33.42
Total ESG percentile 52.16
Environmental score 10.63
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 18.52
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 12.78
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Amazon share dividends

We're not expecting Amazon to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Amazon's shares ever split?

Amazon's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 1 September 1999. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Amazon shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Amazon shares which in turn could have impacted Amazon's share price.

Amazon share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Amazon's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$2630.08 up to US$3554. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AMZN.US volatility(beta: 1.15)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Amazon's is 1.1516. This would suggest that Amazon's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Amazon overview

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). It sells merchandise and content purchased for resale from third-party sellers through physical and online stores. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TVs, Rings, and Echo and other devices; provides Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store; and develops and produces media content. In addition, it offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its websites, as well as its stores; and programs that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, skill and app developers, and others to publish and sell content. Further, the company provides compute, storage, database, analytics, machine learning, and other services, as well as fulfillment, advertising, publishing, and digital content subscriptions. Additionally, it offers Amazon Prime, a membership program, which provides free shipping of various items; access to streaming of movies and TV episodes; and other services. The company serves consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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