A Closer Look At Amazon’s Stock Performance


Jul. 18 2017, Updated 9:37 a.m. ET

Shareholder returns and stock trends

On July 13, Amazon (AMZN) stock yielded a return of -0.58% on a volume of 2.9 million, to close at ~$1,000.63. Amazon generated investor returns of 2% in the trailing-one-month period and 34.7% in the trailing-12-month period. The company’s share price grew 3.7% in the trailing-five-day period. In comparison, Alphabet (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Alibaba (BABA), and eBay (EBAY) generated returns of 32.1%, 36.4%, 85.6%, and 45.3%, respectively, in the trailing-12-month period.

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Relative strength index

For the last 14 days, Amazon has reported an RSI (relative strength index) score of 50, compared with the scores of 47, 61, 67, and 61 recorded by Alphabet, Facebook, Alibaba, and eBay, respectively. The RSI score measures a stock’s price movement.

Moving averages

Amazon stock was trading at $1,000.63, 7.9% above its 100-day moving average of $927, 2.3% above its 50-day of $978, and 1.5% above its 20-day moving average of $986.

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Market capitalization

On July 13, Amazon was the largest media player in terms of market capitalization at ~$484.2 billion. In comparison, peers Alphabet, Facebook, Alibaba, and eBay had a market capitalization of $673.2 billion, ~$472.4 billion, ~$391.3 billion, and ~$40.6 billion, respectively.

Analyst recommendations

Of the 44 analysts covering Amazon, 39 have given it a “buy” recommendation, one has recommended “sell,” and four have recommended “hold.”

Examining Amazon’s cash flow metrics

Amazon has cash on hand of $21.5 billion. Its price-to-cash-flow and price-to-free cash-flow ratios were 28.5x and 50.9x, respectively. For the trailing 12 months, the company’s EV[1.enterprise value]-to-cash-flow ratio was 27.6x, and its EV-to-free-cash-flow ratio was 49.5x.


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