Amazon.com, Inc is an internet retail business with stocks listed in the US. Amazon shares (AMZN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was US$3095.13 – an increase of 4.55% over the previous week.
How to buy shares in Amazon
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$3095.13, 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.
- 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.
What's in this guide?
- Amazon key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Amazon stock a buy or sell?
- Amazon performance over time
- Can I short Amazon shares?
- Is Amazon suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Amazon shares over-valued?
- Amazon's financials
- How volatile are Amazon shares?
- Does Amazon pay a dividend?
- Have Amazon shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Amazon's share price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Amazon's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was US$3095.13, which is 32.28% up on its pre-crash value of US$2095.97 and 90.35% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as US$1626.0318.
If you had bought US$1,000 worth of Amazon shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth US$951.42 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth US$1,547.57.
Amazon share priceUse our graph to track the performance of AMZN stocks over time.
Amazon shares at a glance
|Latest market close||USD$3095.13|
|52-week range||USD$1626.0318 - USD$3552.25|
|50-day moving average||USD$3222.193|
|200-day moving average||USD$2661.3215|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$26.037|
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Is it a good time to buy Amazon stock?
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Amazon price performance over time
|1 week (2020-09-22)||-1.08%|
|1 month (2020-08-28)||-9.01%|
|3 months (2020-06-29)||15.47%|
|6 months (2020-03-27)||62.89%|
|1 year (2019-09-27)||79.38%|
|2 years (2018-09-28)||54.52%|
|3 years (2017-09-29)||221.96%|
|5 years (2015-09-29)||523.93%|
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 115x. In other words, Amazon shares trade at around 115x 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 1.1771. 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$39.6 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Amazon's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$321.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||5.2%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$115 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.65%|
|Return on equity TTM||20.79%|
|Market capitalisation||US$1.5 trillion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Amazon shares
There are currently 2.0 million Amazon shares held short by investors – that's known as Amazon's "short interest". This figure is 7.8% down from 2.2 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 4.2 million). Amazon's SIR currently stands at 0.49. In other words for every 100,000 Amazon shares traded daily on the market, roughly 490 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% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Amazon shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0048% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Amazon shares, roughly 5 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: 35.83
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Amazon's overall score of 35.83 (as at 07/31/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 64th 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: 12.02/100
Amazon's environmental score of 12.02 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: 18.8/100
Amazon's social score of 18.8 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: 17.51/100
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
|Total ESG score||35.83|
|Total ESG percentile||63.66|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|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$1626.0318 up to US$3552.25. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 1.3239. This would suggest that Amazon's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
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, and other AWS 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 also operates in the food delivery business in Bengaluru, India. It serves consumers, sellers, developers, enterprises, and content creators. The company also has utility-scale solar projects in China, Australia, and the United States. Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
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