Wall Street Analysts See Amazon (AMZN) as a Buy: Should You Invest?

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When deciding whether to buy, sell, or hold a stock, investors often rely on analyst recommendations. Media reports about rating changes by these brokerage-firm-employed (or sell-side) analysts often influence a stock's price, but are they really important?Let's take a look at what these Wall Street heavyweights have to say about Amazon (AMZN) before we discuss the reliability of brokerage recommendations and how to use them to your advantage.Amazon currently has an average brokerage recommendation (ABR) of 1.11, on a scale of 1 to 5 (Strong Buy to Strong Sell), calculated based on the actual recommendations (Buy, Hold, Sell, etc.) made by 47 brokerage firms. An ABR of 1.11 approximates between Strong Buy and Buy.Of the 47 recommendations that derive the current ABR, 43 are Strong Buy and three are Buy. Strong Buy and Buy respectively account for 91.5% and 6.4% of all recommendations.Brokerage Recommendation Trends for AMZNCheck price target & stock forecast for Amazon here>>>The ABR suggests buying Amazon, but making an investment decision solely on the basis of this information might not be a good idea. According to several studies, brokerage recommendations have little to no success guiding investors to choose stocks with the most potential for price appreciation.Do you wonder why? As a result of the vested interest of brokerage firms in a stock they cover, their analysts tend to rate it with a strong positive bias. According to our research, brokerage firms assign five "Strong Buy" recommendations for every "Strong Sell" recommendation.In other words, their interests aren't always aligned with retail investors, rarely indicating where the price of a stock could actually be heading. Therefore, the best use of this information could be validating your own research or an indicator that has proven to be highly successful in predicting a stock's price movement.With an impressive externally audited track record, our proprietary stock rating tool, the Zacks Rank, which classifies stocks into five groups, ranging from Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) to Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell), is a reliable indicator of a stock's near -term price performance. So, validating the Zacks Rank with ABR could go a long way in making a profitable investment decision.Zacks Rank Should Not Be Confused With ABRIn spite of the fact that Zacks Rank and ABR both appear on a scale from 1 to 5, they are two completely different measures.Broker recommendations are the sole basis for calculating the ABR, which is typically displayed in decimals (such as 1.28). The Zacks Rank, on the other hand, is a quantitative model designed to harness the power of earnings estimate revisions. It is displayed in whole numbers -- 1 to 5.Analysts employed by brokerage firms have been and continue to be overly optimistic with their recommendations. Since the ratings issued by these analysts are more favorable than their research would support because of the vested interest of their employers, they mislead investors far more often than they guide.In contrast, the Zacks Rank is driven by earnings estimate revisions. And near-term stock price movements are strongly correlated with trends in earnings estimate revisions, according to empirical research.Furthermore, the different grades of the Zacks Rank are applied proportionately across all stocks for which brokerage analysts provide earnings estimates for the current year. In other words, at all times, this tool maintains a balance among the five ranks it assigns.Another key difference between the ABR and Zacks Rank is freshness. The ABR is not necessarily up-to-date when you look at it. But, since brokerage analysts keep revising their earnings estimates to account for a company's changing business trends, and their actions get reflected in the Zacks Rank quickly enough, it is always timely in indicating future price movements.Is AMZN Worth Investing In?In terms of earnings estimate revisions for Amazon, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has remained unchanged over the past month at $4.58.Analysts' steady views regarding the company's earnings prospects, as indicated by an unchanged consensus estimate, could be a legitimate reason for the stock to perform in line with the broader market in the near term.The size of the recent change in the consensus estimate, along with three other factors related to earnings estimates, has resulted in a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) for Amazon. 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Analysen zu Amazon

DatumRatingAnalyst
16.07.2024Amazon OverweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
12.07.2024Amazon OverweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
11.07.2024Amazon BuyJefferies & Company Inc.
09.07.2024Amazon BuyJefferies & Company Inc.
25.06.2024Amazon BuyGoldman Sachs Group Inc.
DatumRatingAnalyst
16.07.2024Amazon OverweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
12.07.2024Amazon OverweightJP Morgan Chase & Co.
11.07.2024Amazon BuyJefferies & Company Inc.
09.07.2024Amazon BuyJefferies & Company Inc.
25.06.2024Amazon BuyGoldman Sachs Group Inc.
DatumRatingAnalyst
26.09.2018Amazon HoldMorningstar
30.07.2018Amazon neutralJMP Securities LLC
13.06.2018Amazon HoldMorningstar
02.05.2018Amazon HoldMorningstar
02.02.2018Amazon neutralJMP Securities LLC
DatumRatingAnalyst
11.04.2017Whole Foods Market SellStandpoint Research
23.03.2017Whole Foods Market SellUBS AG
14.08.2015Whole Foods Market SellPivotal Research Group
04.02.2009Amazon.com sellStanford Financial Group, Inc.
26.11.2008Amazon.com ErsteinschätzungStanford Financial Group, Inc.

Um die Übersicht zu verbessern, haben Sie die Möglichkeit, die Analysen für Amazon nach folgenden Kriterien zu filtern.

Alle: Alle Empfehlungen

Buy: Kaufempfehlungen wie z.B. "kaufen" oder "buy"
Hold: Halten-Empfehlungen wie z.B. "halten" oder "neutral"
Sell: Verkaufsempfehlungn wie z.B. "verkaufen" oder "reduce"