(Note: The author of this fundamental analysis is a financial writer and portfolio manager.)
Amazon.com Inc.'s (AMZN) stock has risen by more than 38% so far in 2018, and may be heading even higher. An analysis of Amazon's stock chart suggests shares may be set to rise by 14%, taking the stock to roughly $1,850 over the next few months. Shares have recently stalled out, trading sideways since the e-commerce giant reported better than expected first-quarter results at the end of April.
Amazon was able to easily beat forecasts when it reported earnings of $3.27 per share, more than double the forecast calling for $1.22. The top line was better than expected as well, with revenue beating estimates by 2.2% at $51.04 billion.
Amazon is currently rising above a technical resistance level at $1619, with shares currently trading around $1622, suggesting the stock may be ready to surge even higher. The technical chart has a bullish continuation pattern called a flag or pennant formation. The pattern is represented by the sharp move higher in the stock price from $1,360 to $1,618. The sideways consolidation following results at the end of April represents the flag. Based on that pattern and how it projects, it would suggest shares rise by about 16% to $1,850. (For more, see also: Amazon to Be #1 in Apparel in 2018: Morgan Stanley.)
More Bullish Signals
Additionally, the relative strength index (RSI) has broken out of its downtrend as well, which suggests that bullish momentum is heading back into the stock. Volume levels have also started to increase in recent days, as the stock price has started rising—another bullish indication.
Analysts Grow More Optimistic
Analysts are also growing more bullish on Amazon and see the stock rising by about 16% to an average analyst price target of $1,880. Analysts have upped their price target on the stock by more than 9% since April 20 from $1,713. Of the 49 analysts that cover shares, 96% rate shares a "buy" or "outperform" rating. (For more, see also: Amazon's Ad Push Shouldn't Pressure Google: Mizuho.)
Estimates for the company have been climbing too because of the big beat in the first quarter. Since the end of April, earnings estimates for 2018 have soared by an astonishing 49% to $12.38 per share from just $8.34 per share. Revenue estimates have only risen modestly, or 1.6% to $237.35 billion.
Amazon has already had a fantastic year in 2018, and it looks like it may be about to get much better.
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