Can Amazon Keep Meeting Its High Expectations?

With shares of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) trading around $403, is AMZN an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

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Amazon serves its customers through its retail websites and focus on selection, price, and convenience. The company also manufactures and sells Kindle devices. Amazon offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on the company’s websites, including the sellers’ own branded websites, and fulfill orders through them. Amazon also provides platforms that allow authors, musicians, filmmakers, app developers, and others to publish and sell content. Online commerce has been on the rise because of the convenience, efficiency, and relatively low prices offered.

It was a lucrative holiday shopping season for, but the e-commerce giant still left some shoppers disgruntled after Santa Claus failed to show up on time. According to Bloomberg, despite Amazon’s promise that all of its ordered packages would be delivered by Christmas, some shoppers still suffered empty doorsteps on the eve of the big day, and now the largest online retailer is working to make it up to them. For those affected by Amazon’s inability to deliver packages the time, the Seattle, Washington-based retailer offered customers $20 gift cards and refunds on shipping charges — along with a promise that it would never happen again. Amazon doesn’t take full responsibility for the shipping shortcomings, as it cites failures in the United Parcel Service’s (NYSE:UPS) transportation network in addition to its onslaught of last-minute orders, but the company issued gift cards to compensate customers nonetheless, and promised to look into UPS difficulties.