It operates through the following business segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). In 1997 when Amazon first filed for its initial public offering, the company was just three years old and had no clear path to profitability.
It faced a growing list of competitors that included Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble, each of which was already selling books online. Amazon IPO’d on May 15, 1997, trading on the NASDAQ under the symbol of AMZN at a price of $18 a share.
On IPO day the stock price rose and closed at $23.50 putting the company at a value of $560 million. Taking the split-adjusted close of $1.96, the stock price has multiplied almost 500 times since.
Amazon stock first broke 100 dollars in 1999 but after the tech bubble burst the stock price did not reach triple figures again until 10 years later. The stock suffered a 94% drop after the $106.69 high in December 1999, crashing to a low of $5.97 in January 2001.
In 2016, the stock price again had some significant drops during the year due to disappointing earnings results. On the 20th anniversary of the IPO Amazon stock closed at $961.35, giving the company a market value of about $466.2 billion.
Few investors could have foreseen that it would gain about 50,000% in the two decades after its initial public offering. Of course one investor who has been there during the entire history of Amazon stock is Jeff Bezos.
For context in 2016, Bezos sold $1.4 billion of Amazon stock in total. Yet in 2017 because Amazon's shares have run up sharply in the past year the Amazon CEO sold about $941 million of Amazon stock in a three-day period, as part of a scheduled sell.
That kind of return escaped many analysts and even investors as seasoned as Warren Buffett, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO who recently said he was “too dumb to realize what was going to happen.” 1 Moody’s Daily Credit Risk Score is a 1-10 score of a company’s credit risk, based on an analysis of the firm’s balance sheet and inputs from the stock market.
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All data is sourced from SEC 13-F filings, and note that these figures are estimates and may differ significantly due to the recent large moves in tech stocks. For the most part the calculations should be accurate but because institutional ownership is relative to market cap, it can be skewed if there's a big change in stock price compared to the point the holdings data was reported.
I've tried to ensure the market cap comparison is current, but it can still be a bit lucky due to the fact that the holdings data is from Q2 and Q3 hasn't been fully reported yet (for example SLA market cap at the time of the 13F filings for Q2 was $200ish billion, so 97B in holdings represents 48% ownership. The value of those holdings should increase proportionately to the share price so theoretically if you extrapolate it out to today, it should be the same (96.11 million shares * 5 for the split) * 418.32 last close = $201 billion / current market cap of approx $400 billion, add add ... it's close enough).
It's also possible I'm just dumb and my calculations are wrong, so take this w/ a grain of salt and please point out any errors you see! So for something I was working on for my personal website I wanted to create some new little code snippets that would aggregate and display various stats on price performance and institutional holdings.
Watching institutional holdings has led to some interesting discoveries in the past, not the least of which is the recent one that SoftBank basically went balls out and goosed the NASDAQ like a WSB YOLO'er. Since I just finished these little snippets to aggregate this data, I decided to put them to use and check out how institutions as a whole have behaved over the last several years.
Compared to Apple's increase of 2.47% this is a pretty drastic difference, but still the whales hold 287.43 million shares of AMZN worth almost $800 billion, or about 57.47% of the company. Microsoft is similar to AAL in that their institutional holdings seem to hover around the same level.
Over that same time period, Facebook stock has appreciated 215%, taking the value of their holdings from $132B to $422B, an increase of about 219% which is pretty much in line w/ the market. Whales have been unloading Netflix over the last five years, down about 6% over that time period, but NFL has by far the highest institutional ownership level of any we've looked at so far, at over 80% of the company valued at $161 billion.
It's about 66% owned by whales, a level which has stayed pretty static over the last five years. Institutions seem to be pretty chill holding onto Google and just maintaining their investment.
Over that time the value of these holdings has gone from $251B to $637B as the stock increased 145% from $643 to its current price. I'm not an expert but I suspect this has something to do with the retard-strength rally of 120% over the last 3 months, or maybe the fact that SLA has gone from a split-adjusted $49 to $418, a whopping 742% increase over the last five years.
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