Bad Santa! Amazon shares tumble after disappointing Christmas forecast

Bad Santa! Amazon shares tumble after disappointing Christmas forecast

Bad Santa! Amazon shares tumble after disappointing Christmas forecast

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Amazon's shares took an unexpected down-turn, this week - seeing them overtaken by rival Microsoft as the world's second most-valuable company.

Amazon was set to plunge at Friday's opening bell after the company delivered disappointing third-quarter revenue and fourth-quarter revenue guidance.

On September 4, 2018, Amazon became the second publicly traded USA company after Apple to reach the $1 trillion (£768.8bn) market cap valuation, attesting its rapid growth and prominence within both the US economy and the worldwide technology sector.

The world's largest retailer is facing hurdles to boost sales in global markets as well as increased competition at home from the likes of Best Buy, Target Corp and Walmart Inc, who are stepping up digital investments. "Amazon Business has now reached a $10 billion annual sales run rate", he said in a statement. The company says it had operating income of $3.7 billion during its latest third quarter; in comparison, its third quarter in 2017 had an operating income of $347 million.

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Google's Asia-Pacific headquarter office in Singapore.Google parent Alphabet missed quarterly revenue estimates sending shares down nearly by 7 percent. In the holiday period previous year, Amazon saw sales of $US60.5 billion. About half of our Diwali sales a year ago were in Q3.

Shares in Alphabet fell about 6 per cent, knocking about $45 billion off its market value after it fell short on sales after beating estimates for the past eight quarters. Earnings easily beat expectations by 86%, but revenue missed analysts estimates by 1%. The company's fast-growing cloud computing and advertising units, which are more profitable than its main e-commerce business, help fuel Amazon's investments in more retail categories, video content and devices such as tablets and Echo smart speakers.

Additionally, Amazon earlier this month said it will boost its minimum wage to $15 an hour, with the change taking effect next Thursday.

Amazon said revenue from the category and some other items grew 122 percent to $2.5 billion in the third quarter.

We were particularly impressed by the continued YoY operating margin expansion, which is consistent with our view the company has transformed into a 'profit machine, ' driven by multiple tailwinds (most notably AWS, which posted an over 30% operating margin for the first time). Shares of No. 2 online ad firm Facebook Inc (FB.O), which faces questions about flattening usage limiting revenue growth, had fallen 12.5 percent and were trading at 19 times future earnings.

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