The tech fight in setting a record in the financial markets has been improvising each day. Apart from inching closer to the $1 trillion market capitalization, Amazon (AMZN) stock has exceeded the $2,000 value for the first time on Thursday’s regular session.
In comparison, Apple (AAPL) has exceeded the $1 trillion mark on August 2 on the post-earnings rally, but its stock still trades in around $225 in value. Amazon’s stock has been bullish since Morgan Stanley expected the online retailer to reach the 13-digit market valuation following Apple’s move.
The brokerage firm has lifted the price target to $2,500 that could value Amazon at over $1.2 trillion. Market experts believe that the online e-commerce giant would turn out to be the second US company to reach the 13-digit cap, but Amazon could reach the $2 trillion mark first by 2020 if it goes at the current pace.
Amazon has been benefiting from the cloud service and rapid advertising growth. The same is going to continue for this and next year, as diagnosed by Morgan Stanley. The firm expects profits to reach $45 billion in the next two years from this year’s current forecast of about $25 billion, helped by cloud service and advertising growth.
The next significant returns-giving areas for Amazon includes artificial intelligence and machine learning. Apart from this, Whole Foods and grocery businesses could be yielding a better result in the near term as the company is investing considerably. Also, analysts expect that the drone delivery project could be an ambitious venture for the company.
In the recently completed second-quarter, Amazon had a total cash of $27.05 billion. The retailer has cash per share of 55.46% that could be immediately accessible for spending on acquisitions, development, acquiring assets, lowering debt, repurchasing shares and issuing dividends.
Total debt stood at $45.79 billion, and Amazon has been aggressive in financing its growth with debt as the debt/equity ratio stood at 130.84%. The company is on the brink of liabilities exceeding the assets as the current ratio is at 1.07. And Amazon could turn out as not in good financial health if it doesn’t watch its liability obligations.
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