Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) to Significantly Expand European Operations Throughout 2016

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Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) understands the importance of a solid presence outside the United States, and this is why they have hired over 10,000 employees within Europe last year. Today the company announced that 2016 will be yet another major year for their expansion within the European continent. Over the next 11-12 months Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) plans to expand upon their European fulfilment network in order to speed deliveries, grow their cloud computing platform and increase their R&D budget within Europe.

“We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future. We created over 10,000 new jobs in 2015 and plan to create several thousand more in 2016 at all education, experience and skill levels, from speech and linguistic scientists to digital media experts to fulfilment centre and customer service associates,” said Xavier Garambois, Vice President, Amazon EU Retail.

Since 2010 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has created over 40,000 jobs within the continent and spent more than €15 billion in investment on Europe. The stock increased 0.57% or $3.25 during the last trading session, hitting $575.02. About 12,295 shares traded hands. AMZN has risen 34.41% since June 17, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 43.28%.

From a total of 26 analysts covering Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock, 22 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 4 a “Hold”. This means that 85% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $900.0 while the lowest target price is $525. The mean of all analyst targets is $734.31 which is 27.70% above today’s ($575.02) stock price. Amazon.com was the topic of 64 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Susquehanna initiated shares on January 15 with a “Positive” rating. M Partners initiated shares with a”Buy” rating and a $800.0 target share price in their report from a December 15. Monness Crespi & Hardt downgraded AMZN stock in a recent report from January 4 to a “Neutral” rating. Barclays Capital maintained the rating on December 1. Barclays Capital has a “Overweight” rating and a $850 price target on shares. Finally, Macquarie Research maintained the stock with a “Outperform” rating in a report they issued on a December 22.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.49 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.37, from 1.12 in 2015Q2. The ratio improved, as 67 funds sold all their Amazon.com, Inc. shares they owned while 376 reduced their positions. 166 funds bought stakes while 493 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 325.29 million shares which is 4.94% more than the previous share count of 309.99 million in 2015Q2.

Huntington Steele Llc holds 23.61% of its total portfolio in Amazon.com, Inc., equating to 103,872 shares. Tiger Global Management Llc owns 3.19 million shares representing 20.13% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Tybourne Capital Management Hk Ltd has 18.16% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 504,001 shares. The Washington-based Brighton Jones Llc has a total of 17.93% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Telemark Asset Management Llc, a Massachusetts-based fund reported 100,000 shares owned.

Since May 4, 2015, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 11 insider sales for a total of $27.04 million in net activity. Stonesifer Patricia Q sold 6,250 shares worth $3.16M. Wilke Jeffrey A sold 5,908 shares worth $3.16 million. Reynolds Shelley sold 720 shares worth $381,752. Olsavsky Brian T sold 2,098 shares worth $1.11 million. The insider Zapolsky David sold 2,322 shares worth $1.23 million.

Amazon.com, Inc. is an e-commerce company. The company has a market cap of $266.75 billion. The Firm sells a range of services and products through its Websites. It has 834.14 P/E ratio. The Company’s products are offered through consumer-facing Websites, which include merchandise and content that it purchases for resale from vendors and those offered by third-party sellers.

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