PreMarket Prep Stock Of The Day: Amazon
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There is a certain day when the price action is an issue is much more important than all others. To this investor, that day is when a company announces an earnings report. With this in mind, the price action in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) since its monster earnings beat makes it the PreMarket Stock Of The Day.
Pre-Earnings Rally: On most occasions, strong companies in long-term uptrends will rally into an upcoming earnings report. The obvious reason being, the company has beat Wall Street estimates on a consistent basis and that's why the price of the issue has appreciated.
While Amazon was already in the midst of a rally off its March low ($2,881), it had an impressive five days heading into its first-quarter report. From its low on April 23 ($3,308.50), the issue was in striking distance of its all-time high ($3,552.25) when it peaked on the day of the report at $3,514.45 and ended the session at $3,471.31.
Blowout Report And Raised Guidance: After the close on April 29, the company reported quarterly earnings of $15.79 per share, which beat the analyst consensus estimate of $9.54. Quarterly sales of $108.50 billion beat the analyst consensus estimate of $104.46 billion.
In addition, the company raised sales guidance, reached 200 million Amazon Prime members and AWS had a $54 billion annual run-rate business.
Tale Of Two Tapes: As expected the issue went into orbit in after-hours trading. In fact, it surpassed its all-time high by over $100, peaking at $3,667.66, and sharply reversed course. Interestingly, it drifted lower to its former all-time high area by the end of the after-hours session, going out at $3,553.
The issue drifted lower from that level but still managed to open the regular session at $3,525.12. It continued higher but stopped dead in its tracks when it made a new all-time high by a few dollars at $3,554 and reversed course once again.
Closed In The Red: For the remainder of the day, there was profit-taking in the issue. In fact, after being in the green by $196 in the after-hours session, it ended the day in the red ($3,467.42 vs. $3,471.31).
Sell The News: Not including Tuesday's price action, Amazon was lower in five of the next six trading sessions falling from $3,467.42 to $3,190.46 on Monday. In Tuesday’s session, it has made a post-earnings low at $3,127.27 and is now in the green by $40 at $3,229.56 as of 1:30 p.m. ET. That low comes in just above its April 15 low $3,115.55.
Lesson Learned: Investors should take after-hours and premarket trading action with a grain of salt. Between news algos, super-aggressive traders and traders stuck on the wrong side of a trade, issues can go to an extreme level.
In this instance, if one had ignored the after-hours price and only focused on the current all-time high as a possible exit, they could have had an excellent exit or short ($3,552.25 vs. $3,554).
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