Amazon will report first-quarter earnings after the bell

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Jeff Bezos, founding father of Amazon

Katherine Taylor | Reuters

Amazon is ready to report first quarter earnings after the bell Thursday.

This is what analysts predict: 

  • Earnings: $9.54 per share, in accordance with Refinitiv
  • Income: $104.47 billion, in accordance with Refinitiv

Few corporations have benefited from the pandemic-fueled surge of on-line buying as much as Amazon. The corporate notched file earnings and income final yr, whereas CEO Jeff Bezos announced earlier this month that Amazon crossed greater than 200 million Prime subscribers, up from 150 million initially of 2020.

Wall Avenue’s forecast for the primary quarter means that analysts do not consider that momentum has let up for the e-commerce big, at the same time as vaccine rollout has accelerated and extra states have lifted their coronavirus restrictions. Amazon can be anticipated to proceed displaying progress in its cloud-computing and promoting companies.

Any steerage given by the corporate may point out whether or not Amazon believes progress will average post-pandemic, resulting from buyers making fewer purchases on-line and extra journeys to the shop. On-line marketplaces eBay and Etsy, in addition to Shopify, which makes on-line instruments for companies, noticed their companies buoyed by the pandemic and now face comparable questions from traders.

In 2020, Amazon invested closely on coronavirus-related measures like security protocols and wage will increase for front-line employees. Because of these prices, Amazon last quarter forecast working earnings of $3 billion to $6.5 billion within the present interval. These coronavirus-related prices are anticipated to sluggish this yr, though on Wednesday, Amazon said it will spent greater than $1 billion on pay raises for greater than half one million of its U.S. operations employees.

One other focus shall be any commentary on Bezos’ plans to step down within the third quarter. The Amazon founder will flip the helm over to AWS CEO Andy Jassy and transition into the function of government chairman of Amazon’s board. This quarter, Bezos made broad guarantees to do higher by Amazon’s workers in his final shareholder letter.

Traders are additionally looking ahead to any hints on timing for this yr’s Prime Day. The 2-day low cost occasion, usually set in July, was pushed to October final yr resulting from uncertainties across the pandemic. Recode reported earlier this month that Amazon might maintain Prime Day in June, probably to spice up year-over-year comparisons for income within the second quarter.

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