Amazon just had a blowout quarter. Should I buy the stock now?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Amazon “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Amazon just had a blowout quarter. Should I buy the stock now? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Last week, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) posted its earnings for the quarter ended 31 March. Put simply, the numbers were incredible.Here, I’m going to review the Q1 earnings. I’ll also explain whether I’d buy Amazon stock right now.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Amazon: Q1 earningsAmazon’s Q1 results smashed Wall Street’s expectations. For the quarter, revenue was up 44% to $108.5bn versus the $104.5bn expected. Meanwhile, earnings per share came in at $15.79 versus $9.54 expected and $5.01 in Q1 2020.Growth in the e-commerce division was particularly impressive during Q1. Here, online store sales were up 44% to $52.9bn while third-party seller services were up 64% to $23.7bn. However, the cloud division (Amazon Web Services) also saw strong growth, with sales up 32% year-on-year to $13.5bn. Meanwhile, sales in the company’s subscription services and ‘other’ (this includes advertising) segments were up 36% and 77% respectively. The only segment that was disappointing was Physical stores, where sales were down 16%. This is not particularly surprising, however, given that many countries were on lockdown during the quarter.It’s worth noting that during the quarter, Amazon’s sales grew faster internationally than they did in the US. International revenue surged 60% year-on-year, while North America revenue climbed 40%.Looking ahead, Amazon said that it expects to generate revenue between $110bn and $116bn for Q2 (Wall Street was expecting $108.6bn). This suggests that the company expects the growth momentum to continue.Should I buy Amazon stock now?I already own some Amazon stock. Currently, AMZN is the sixth-largest holding in my stocks portfolio. Would I buy more today at the current share price? Yes, I would.The reason I’d buy AMZN stock today is that I believe the company is only going to get bigger in the years ahead. In many countries, the group is just getting started. Here in the UK, its market share in online shopping is still under 10%. By contrast, in the US, it’s around 40%. This leads me to believe there’s substantial growth potential.It’s not just about online shopping though. What I’m really excited about is the growth potential in cloud computing. The cloud computing industry is set to grow at around 18% per year between now and 2025. Given that Amazon is the number one player in this space with its AWS offering, I think the company can generate huge growth here.If Amazon can keep delivering strong growth in both e-commerce and cloud, I think its share price could be significantly higher in a few years’ time.Amazon stock price forecastsIt’s worth pointing out that since the Q1 results, over 20 analysts have lifted their price targets for Amazon stock. Many brokers, including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, and Mizuho, have increased their price targets to $4,400 or higher. One broker, Susquehanna, even lifted its price target to $5,500. That’s about 65% above the current share price. So, I’m certainly not the only one who thinks Amazon’s share price can go higher.RisksOf course, there are risks to the investment case here. Amazon is an expensive stock (forward-looking P/E ratio of about 60) prone to sharp pullbacks. It regularly experiences pullbacks of 20%-30%. If growth is disappointing in the future, or there is an unexpected setback (such as regulatory action), the stock could experience another pullback. This means it’s not likely to be suitable for risk-averse investors.I’m comfortable with the risks, however. In my view, the long-term risk/reward proposition here is attractive.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Edward Sheldon, CFA | Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 | More on: AMZN I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more