April showers bring May flowers, but the springtime bloom has come early for Amazon. And more than ever traders are eyeing the $1,000-per-share milestone for this year.
Amazon stock (AMZN) saw its share of growth in the first few months of 2017, but the past week-and-a-half of trading has brought AMZN to new heights, breaking $900 during Tuesday (April 4) afternoon trading. Amazon kept climbing higher, peaking above $920 before tempering a bit. At the time of writing, one AMZN share was worth $909.28 with an estimated market cap over $430 billion.
To put this in perspective, retail giant Walmart is currently trading at $71.65, with a market cap of over $217 billion. In other words, Amazon’s market value is almost double that of Walmart’s. Walmart, on the other hand, generated $486 billion in revenue for fiscal 2016, over three times more than Amazon’s revenue of $136 billion in the same period.
Amazon and Walmart have formed a highly competitive retail relationship that some may even call adversarial.
In February, for instance, Amazon lowered its threshold for free shipping to $35 following a similar move by Walmart the month prior.
Likewise, back in 2016, Walmart acquired Amazon competitor Jet.com for $3.3 billion to expand its eCommerce offerings beyond its own website. While online sales from Walmart’s direct website account for a mere 3 percent of its total revenue, the entire eCommerce arena makes up 11 percent of the entire retail industry.
Still, the companies are two very different beasts — especially when it comes to revenue generation. Walmart sees most of its revenue come from its massive network of physical store locations across North America. Amazon, on the other hand, sees significant gains from devices and cloud computing, among other ventures — and actually loses billions each year offering free shipping.