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Amazon.com Delivers Blowout Earnings in Q4 as Retail Growth Soars

Stock MarketsJan 30, 2020 04:56PM ET
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Investing.com - Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) handily beat earnings expectations in the fourth quarter, led by strong performance in its core online retail business as the roll-out of its expedited shipping program bolstered growth in North America.

The stock soared nearly 12% in after-hours trading, pushing shares above $2,000.

Amazon announced earnings per share of $6.47 on revenue of $87.44 billion. Analysts polled by Investing.com anticipated EPS of $4.05 on revenue of $85.97B.

That compares to EPS of $6.04 on revenue of $72.38 billion in the same period a year before. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) had reported EPS of $4.23 on revenue of $69.98 billion in the previous quarter.

Growth was led by strong performance in its North American retail business as the rollout of its one-day shipping program boosted sales.

"Today’s report is good enough to address all those concerns that have kept the Amazon’s shares under pressure over the past few months,” Investing.com analyst Haris Anwar said. “Higher spending on expediting shipments have paid off quite handsomely, with strong growth in the company’s e-commerce business. The other big push is coming from the high-margin AWS (cloud) business where Amazon is sustaining a high level of growth.”

“Strong performance for seller services and other services business also gave a boost to Amazon's gross margin, which was recently under pressure by the escalating shipping costs,” Anwar said.

“In a nutshell, this report should be enough to help Amazon stock to break its sluggish cycle and end its underperformance when compared to other tech giants.”

Retail sales in North America rose 21% to $53.7 billion.

“Prime membership continues to get better for customers year after year. And customers are responding — more people joined Prime this quarter than ever before, and we now have over 150 million paid Prime members around the world,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We’ve made Prime delivery faster — the number of items delivered to U.S. customers with Prime’s free one-day and same-day delivery more than quadrupled this quarter compared to last year."

Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud business, generated revenue of $9.95 billion, above estimates of $9.84 billion. The beat in cloud services comes despite concerns that competition from cloud rivals like Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Azure would dent AWS growth.

The company guided first-quarter earnings in a range of $69-to-$73 billion, matching analysts' estimates of $71.59.

Amazon.com Delivers Blowout Earnings in Q4 as Retail Growth Soars
 

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your EPS year over year from 6.04 to 6.43 and trading at PE of 70-80... what a bloated carcass this is
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20% growth with PE at 70. Pass
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vẻry contradict with target tgt huh?
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Since july 2018 it has not moved ... lets ser if it stays above 2000
 
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