Michael Kamerman, CEO of Skilling, shares his opinion on what stock you should watch this week.
This week we are seeing Q1 earning results from 175 of the S&P 500 companies including big tech results from Microsoft, Google and Meta. Companies like Apple have thrived in the new year and reached all-time record earnings this quarter, continuing to make them an attractive investment for traders.
One to watch will be Amazon’s earnings report. Much like any other online-based service provider and seller, Amazon saw a boost in sales during the last two years due to Covid and lockdown affecting consumer behaviour. However, now that things have settled, recent UK sales reports are showing online sales falling noticeably across the board.
AMZN is currently down 23% from its November 2021 high and investors are keen to see whether their earnings show that things are picking up or slowing down.
Amazon’s 18% stake in electric vehicle maker Rivian last quarter helped “juice” their gains, however, Rivian’s recent struggles surrounding botched price hikes and supply chain issues may affect the big tech’s profitability, as Rivian is now consequently trading at near all-time lows.
Additionally, Amazon’s fuel and inflation surcharge come into effect on April 28th to combat rising prices. Alongside the unionisation situation, it has had to deal with in Alabama and now New York, this may likely affect stock prices.
On the offset, Amazon Web Services has been a key profit driver for Amazon in the last quarter with Amazon’s cloud sales growth hitting 40%.
In any case, investors will need to closely consider Amazon’s earnings in comparison to the other big tech giants to make a decision on their trading.
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