KeyBanc ups Amazon on "accelerating profitability"

|About:, Inc. (AMZN)|By:, SA News Editor

KeyBanc upgrades Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) from Sector Weight to Overweight with a $2,100 price target, implying a nearly 25% upside.

The firm says Amazon is "pivoting to a company with accelerating profitability" as it takes a "number of operational moves" to improve core retail profits, which could drive mid-term earnings above consensus.

Example operational moves: Shuttering the pop-up kiosks and pursuing a mid-market grocery business.

KeyBanc thinks AWS and advertising could boost margins by $100B and significantly expand margins.

Amazon shares are up 1.3% pre-market to $1,707.70.

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