Harriet Lefton

About the Author Harriet Lefton

Harriet originates from the UK where she worked as a journalist specializing in the metal markets. She graduated from the University of Cambridge before becoming a qualified UK lawyer.

2 Stocks to Buy Post Record Selloff: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Facebook Inc (FB)

Last week was a sign of mass panic from investors. The Dow and the S&P 500 both lost 5.2%, while the Nasdaq shed 5.1% as rising interest rates left investors jittery. “When the nervousness hit, a lot of people who were thinking of quitting hit the exits,” Key Private Bank’s Bruce McCain told CNBC. “A lot of people want to let it settle out a bit and really make sure the worst has past … [but] for our standpoint on where we’ll be over the next year: We see no signs of recession.”

Indeed, for some market commentators, pullbacks can produce interesting buying opportunities. “Although a massive market drop can be attention-grabbing, it can also present a buying opportunity,” wrote Kathryn Vasel, personal finance reporter for CNNMoney.

If we look at top analyst stock recommendations and price targets, these two stocks look especially undervalued right now. Plus, these two stocks boast a ‘Strong Buy’ analyst consensus rating from the Street, based on only the last three months of ratings.

So without further ado, let’s dive in:

Amazon.com, Inc.

  • 34 buy ratings vs 2 hold ratings in last three months
  • 18.5% upside potential from current share price

Even shares in Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), one of the world’s most exciting companies, suffered last week- with shares off by 6.32% at $1,339. But note that this appears to be a small blip on Amazon’s massive growth trajectory. On a 1-year basis shares are up by no less than 63%- and even on a three-month basis shares are up over 18%.

Looking forward, Amazon has plenty of meaningful revenue streams to keep growth rates rising. Most notably, the company is now reportedly planning a new service to pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to consumers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service, called “Shipping With Amazon,” is expected to start in LA and roll out more broadly within the year. According to Baird’s Colin Sebastian with “just 1% of the market, Amazon could create a new $5B revenue stream.” Shares in rival delivery companies UPS and FedEx slipped on the news.

Meanwhile Aegis Capital’s Victor Anthony says “Amazon is disrupting almost every industry it touches… We expect the company to continue to invest heavily across logistics, fulfillment, digital content, devices, India, AWS, and physical stores, and those investments should continue produce high returns.” His $1,709 price target suggests 28% upside potential. Note that you can click on the screenshot below for further stock insights.

Facebook Inc

  • 28 buy ratings, 2 hold ratings and 1 sell rating in last three months
  • 29% upside potential from current share price

Social media giant Facebook hasn’t escaped the recent pullback. Shares are down by 7.45% over the last week. However, on a 1-year basis note that shares are still up by an impressive 31%. And according to top RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney– if there is one key tech stock that has strong growth potential right now, its Facebook.

Mahaney boosted his FB price target from $230 to $250 (42% upside potential) on February 1 following ‘very impressive’ Q4 fundamentals. He noted that the company recorded ‘very consistent and premium growth with record-high Operating Margins.’

At the same time, he didn’t miss the opportunity to reiterate his FB investment thesis, reminding investors that: We still think FB is the Best Growth Story in Tech. And we believe that’s FB’s current low market shares – less than 20% of Global Online Advertising & mid-single-digit % of Global Total Advertising – will help it maintain premium growth for a long time.”


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