Amazon Cracks Down on Anti-Price Gouging Measures

Analysts are extremely bullish on the e-commerce giant

by Jake Scott

Published on Mar 24, 2020 at 10:21 AM

While the global economy continues to reel and people fear the availability of certain everyday items in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced it has removed over 3,900 accounts it has flagged for price gouging. Additionally, Amazon has removed more than half a million items due to COVID-19 price gouging issues which violate its fair pricing policy. Currently, shares of AMZN stock is up 2%, last seen trading at $1,941.48.

After coming off a record high in the beginning of February, Amazon stock fell to an annual low of $1,626 by early March. From a broader perspective, the FAANG giant is up 4% year-to-date.

Analysts are still extremely bullish on AMZN stock. Of the 34 covering firms, 33 rate it a “buy” or better. There are currently no recommendations to sell, as the leftover analyst sports a “hold” position. Additionally, the consensus 12-month price target of $2,414.22 is a 26.8% premium to current levels.

Calls continue to dominate the options pits for Amazon. The stock currently sports a 50-day call/put volume ratio of 1.47 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX). This suggest a bigger appetite for calls of late, as the ratio sits higher than 80% of all other readings from the last 12 months.

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