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  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    If you sell puts, you collect a premium as long as the stock closes above the strike. Given enough capital in a "low volume to float" stock, a price can be made to finish up above that strike on a weekly basis. You would them unload your underlying position at some point (or roll it to next week). The goal is to make more on the premium than you may lose in the underlying each week. In Amazon's case, it even appears you can make money on the underlying + premium almost every week as demand for shares remains (momo players).
    Jul 12 07:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    Once it closed above the 5th wave completion at $292 it was going to move to the next nice round number quickly ... and quicky it did: 1 day! It will be interesting to see the battle at $300 ... a lot of shares moved today, 4M .. which tells me that there will be some profit taking here prior to earnings potentially .. let's see how much support she gets.
    Jul 11 06:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    The manipulation I describe in comments above are legal. It simply requires enough money to move the stock and knowledge of the short/put positions each week. If you make more money in put premium than you spend net in the long trade, you win.
    Jul 11 06:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    NW - it does capital to risk assests, of which Amazon is a top Bill. So, it will not impact all stocks equally.
    Jul 11 06:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon.com Q2 2013 Earnings Preview [View article]
    Salerno - Target average is at $315, only 5% higher!!! ... they will all start raising targets if it holds through earnings. Finances be damned!
    Jul 11 03:02 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ChannelAdvisor Data For Amazon In June Is Out, Conclusion Remains The Same [View article]
    Put volume is up significantly though .. that is what I think is driving the price higher. Allows for manipulation when coupled with low underlying volume.
    Jul 11 02:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • ChannelAdvisor Data For Amazon In June Is Out, Conclusion Remains The Same [View article]
    Gas costs reflect oil prices on a 4-6 week lag, so Q3 is already almost baked in with WTI over $100/barrel.
    Jul 11 02:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    KRK,

    Here is what makes up the growth (based on regression models of industry and market data):

    1P: 17.5% (down from 18.0% last Q)
    3P: 34.0% (down from 39.4% last Q)
    AWS: 56.0% (down from 59.3% last Q)
    Jul 11 02:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon.com Q2 2013 Earnings Preview [View article]
    Amazon was also initiated by Husquahanna as a "perform" with a price target of $370. I am sure that has helped fuel the 2x market performance today as well.
    Jul 11 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    FWIW, my AMZN model now stands at the following for Q2 based on channel advisor, US retail sales, global retail growth, Currency F/X, Q2 final gas prices, etc... (this does not include the potential accounting change):

    Revenue: $15.539B (+21.1% Y/Y)
    Shipping Expense: $1.226B
    GM%: 28.1%
    Fulfillment: 11.7%
    MKT: 4.4%
    T&C: 9.4%
    G&A: 1.7%

    Operating Profit: $103M (0.7%)
    Net Income: $20M (0.1%)
    EPS: $0.04
    Free Cash Flow: $32M (op CF: $732M, CapEx $700M)

    With Oil heading up gas prices will be high in Q3 - and hence the impact on margin. Here is my Q3 FCT:

    Revenue: $16.6B (+ 20.0% Y/Y)
    GM%: 27.7%
    Op Inc: $57M (0.3%)
    EPS: $0.06
    FCF: $401M
    Jul 11 12:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ChannelAdvisor Data For Amazon In June Is Out, Conclusion Remains The Same [View article]
    Hi Paulo - thanks for update. My model now stands at the following for Q2 based on channel advisor, US retail sales, global retail growth, Currency F/X, Q2 final gas prices, etc... (this does not include the potential accounting change):

    Revenue: $15.539B (+21.1% Y/Y)
    Shipping Expense: $1.226B
    GM%: 28.1%
    Fulfillment: 11.7%
    MKT: 4.4%
    T&C: 9.4%
    G&A: 1.7%

    Operating Profit: $103M (0.7%)
    Net Income: $20M (0.1%)
    EPS: $0.04
    Free Cash Flow: $32M (op CF: $732M, CapEx $700M)

    With Oil heading up gas prices will be high in Q3 - and hence the impact on margin. Here is my Q3 FCT:

    Revenue: $16.6B (+ 20.0% Y/Y)
    GM%: 27.7%
    Op Inc: $57M (0.3%)
    EPS: $0.06
    FCF: $401M
    Jul 11 12:05 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    Salerno - looks like that $292 point (technical wave peak) we discussed continues to provide resistance. If it holds below that today, $270 (50% retrace) is possible prior to earnings.
    Jul 10 02:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    What is truly amazing is that at these prices, no one of significance will take profits with the earnings risk 2 weeks away (1.2M shares today so far at 2:15pm???). Even if they believe in the story, after a run like this you should take your initial capital off the table as a hedge.

    So either they are waiting right up until the day or two prior to earnings (like last time), or else they know something we don't ...
    Jul 10 02:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    sfphoto - you made me laugh, but they essentially do that now with massive amount of RSU's and options they pay employees with that generates lots of cash flow and dilutes shareholders.

    You probably just gave them a great idea. Issue just 6% (~ 30M shares) and pay off all payables with no cash spent. The stock would probably go up in spite of the dilution, and their current ratio would rise - certainly cheaper than going for more debt.
    Jul 10 09:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 1 More Reason To Hate Amazon's Valuation [View article]
    Agreed (I think we are saying the same thing), as it was the second half of 2011 when the earnings really started to fall off the table .. so in the time frame that Michael discussed (early to mid 2011), investors just saw the massive revenue growth and great Free Cash flow with the investments in growth just keeping EPS flat. (hence the huge increase in stock price during a down S&P500).

    Then the Oct 2011 call shocked investors with terrible earnings and guidance, and then the stock tanked from $246 to $173 (the "correction" due to "overvaluation" as you point out).

    So, at least the market acted rationally in 2011 for AMZN (pounded AMZN when they didn;t perform when the market was down). That should return if the overall market turns (like 2011).
    Jul 10 08:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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