For years, Amazon.com, Inc. (Ticker: AMZN) was one of the top-performers in the stock market. But share prices peaked back in July 2021, several months before the overall market did. A monumental correction followed that erased over 50% of the stock’s value, but even today, the company is worth around $1.07 trillion. A nice rally for AMZN began at the beginning of this year. Was this the end of the bear trend and the beginning of a new bull market for traders? Or will short sellers start to reemerge again here shortly?
Prime Time to Buy the Dip?
Amazon is keeping up with the times and not sitting by idly while its big-tech competitors invest heavily into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). The company started rolling out its own AI platform called Bedrock for its Amazon Web Service (AWS) customers back in April.
Bedrock allows AWS users to customize the AI’s language model, also known as Titan, to better suit customer needs. In time, this could further improve an already efficient and productive organization in Amazon.
Amazon’s advertising business is also growing notably. It generated over 8% of its sales last quarter, and saw 23% year-over-year growth in this space. This is especially remarkable because there’s been a major slowdown in ad-spend from most companies amid economic uncertainty, but not on Amazon, apparently.
The company is also seeing nice growth in its grocery business due to its partnership with Whole Foods, and the expansion of its own online Amazon Fresh marketplace. More and more consumers are switching to online grocery ordering even in the aftermath of Covid.
Traders that favor the bullish outlook for Amazon may consider Direxion’s Daily AMZN Bull 1.5X Shares (AMZU ), which seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 150% of the performance of the common shares of Amazon.com, Inc.
Below is a daily chart of AMZN as of April 20, 2023.
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What if the Bears Return?
Amazon is still grappling with a shrinkage in profit margins with respect to its e-commerce and cloud computing businesses. The question is whether these were just temporary due to the macroeconomic environment in the past couple years, or if it was the start of a more structural shift in the company’s outlook. Additionally, inflation has presented a major challenge for Amazon’s Web Services customers, which have responded by switching to less-expensive service tiers.
Those that favor the bear outlook for Amazon may consider Direxion’s Daily AMZN Bear 1X Shares (AMZD ), which seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of the common shares of Amazon.com, Inc.
Broader Tech Opportunities
Traders looking for alternative tech sector exposure, plus more leverage may find opportunities in Direxion’s Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares (SOXL ) or the Daily Semiconductor Bear 3X Shares (SOXS ). Each Fund seeks to track daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% or -300% , respectively, of the performance of the ICE Semiconductor Index*.
Traders opting to place bets on the artificial intelligence specifically may like the Direxion Daily Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Automation Index Bull 2X Shares (UBOT ), which seeks to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, of 200% of the daily performance of the Indxx Global Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Thematic Index*.
There’s even a Direxion Daily Cloud Computing Bull 2X Shares (CLDL ), which seeks to track investment results, before fees and expenses, of 200% of the performance of the Indxx USA Cloud Computing Index*.
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ICE Semiconductor Index (ICESEMI) is a rules-based, modified float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that tracks the performance of the thirty largest U.S. listed semiconductor companies.
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Consumer Discretionary Sector Risk — Because companies in the consumer discretionary sector manufacture products and provide discretionary services directly to the consumer, the success of these companies is tied closely to the performance of the overall domestic and international economy, including the functioning of the global supply chain, interest rates, competition and consumer confidence.
Amazon.com, Inc. Investing Risk — Amazon.com, Inc. faces risks associated with intense competition across different industries, including physical, e-commerce omni channel retail, e-commerce services, web and infrastructure computing services, electronic devices, digital content, advertising, grocery, and transportation and logistics services; the expansion into new products, services, technologies and geographic regions; its international activities; the variability in the demand for its products and services; intellectual property rights; risks relating to successfully optimizing and operating its fulfilment network and data centers; data loss or other security breaches; maintaining key senior management personnel and the ability to hire and retain highly skilled and other key personnel; maintaining good supplier relationships, including content and technology licensors; the success of acquisitions or joint ventures or other investments; its rapidly evolving and expanding business model; and legal, regulatory and litigation issues.
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