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Market Awaits Amazon's Q4 2023 Results

18:44 1 February 2024

After the market close on Wall Street today, e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN.US) will report its fourth-quarter 2023 earnings. Investors eagerly anticipate another strong showing, with expectations of record revenue and continued growth in key segments. Analysts closely watch Amazon's cloud computing arm, AWS, as a major driver of innovation and future potential.

Market Expectations:

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  • Record Revenue: Analysts predict $166.25 billion in revenue, an 11.42% year-over-year increase.
  • Strong EPS Growth: Earnings per share (EPS) are expected to be 79 cents, representing a significant 172% year-over-year growth.
  • Core Retail Strength: Online sales are expected to reach $68.91 billion, with seller services generating an additional $42 billion.
  • Cloud and Advertising Growth: Continued momentum is expected in the AWS (Amazon Web Services) and advertising segments. AWS revenue forecast is $24.5 billion, up 12% year-over-year, while advertising revenues might exceed $12.5 billion, representing a 9% year-over-year increase.
  • Focus Areas: Investors will pay close attention to the company's plans for further cloud development, particularly regarding investments in artificial intelligence.
  • Outlook and Advertising Returns: The upcoming quarters' outlook and returns on advertising after enabling Prime Video ads in the US will be closely scrutinized.

Market Concerns:

  • EPS Lower Than Expected: Some analysts warn of potentially lower EPS growth, impacting share prices negatively.
  • Economic Slowdown Impact: Concerns about a potential economic slowdown might raise uncertainty about Amazon's future performance.
  • Competition and Growth Slowdown: Amazon may face challenges from growing online competition, potentially slowing down growth in key segments like online sales.

What to Watch:

  • Investment Strategy: Declining investments in cloud development could weaken Amazon's position against competitors, but could also lead to higher margins and profits.

Market analysis:

  • Analyst Sentiment: The company has 68 buy ratings, 2 hold ratings, and 0 sell ratings, indicating strong analyst confidence.
  • Price Target and Volatility: The average price target of $148.8 per share suggests an 18% upside potential, with an implied daily share price change of +/- 7% after earnings release.
  • Historical Performance: Amazon has beaten EPS estimates in 9 of the last 12 quarters. Its shares have gained 51.5% over the past year, compared to the S&P 500's 20% gain.

Technical view:

Unlike other tech giants, Amazon is far from its 2021 peak and hasn't kept pace with the US100 recently. Key support for the share price lies around $145, with potential upside to $166-170 on positive earnings.

Source: xStation5

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