Piper Jaffray top analyst Gene Munster delves into Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) after the analyst’s PJC Web Analytics platform evaluated Google search trends and reveals unit growth is tracking up 25% to 27% in the September 2016 quarter compared to 28% posted in the June 2016 quarter.
Munster sees this as topping expectations ranging from 23% to 26%, and commends the overall global eCommerce market for growing 15%, an indication to the analyst of AMZN’s material market share gain progress. and therefore reiterates an Overweight rating on AMZN with a price target of $900, which represents an 8% increase from where the shares last closed. Moreover, according to Munster’s analysis of Google trends search data, the giant’s unit growth should indicate practically zero deceleration when evaluating the September 2016 quarter.
From the analyst’s viewpoint, the online streaming giant’s unit growth remains “healthy.” Moreover, Munster believes, “We continue to view AMZN as the best positioned stock in our coverage over the next five years, driven by continued retail unit growth strength, operating margin expansion, and future expansion from new categories through its platform.”
When considering the source of the unit growth, “We believe that the recent stability in unit growth exhibited by Amazon is the result of several components, among which are increased Prime membership, faster delivery speeds and a wider availability of Prime-eligible items, better conversion on mobile, and support from eCommerce growth trends. We see these trends continuing, particularly after Amazon begins to see benefit from penetrating a new TAM with same-day/hour delivery,” Munster concludes.
As usual, we like to include the analyst’s track record when reporting on new analyst notes to give a perspective on the effect it has on stock performance. According to TipRanks, top five-star analyst Gene Munster has achieved a high ranking of #6 out of 4,197 analysts. Munster upholds a 67% success rate and garners 19.1% in his yearly returns. When recommending AMZN, Munster earns 39.7% in average profits on the stock.
TipRanks analytics demonstrate AMZN as a Strong Buy. Based on 35 analysts polled in the last 3 months, 34 rate a Buy on AMZN, while 1 maintains a Hold. The consensus price target stands at $916.47, marking a 9% upside from where the stock is currently trading.