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Amazon widely misses street, hit with $126 million quarterly loss

updated 05:37 pm EDT, Thu July 24, 2014

Growing losses troubling investors, stock down six percent in an hour

Amazon today announced financial results for its second quarter. The company reports that net sales increased 23 percent to $19.34 billion in the second quarter, compared with $15.70 billion in second quarter 2013. However, despite the increase in sales, the company's net loss was $126 million in the second quarter, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in second quarter 2013.

The company is touting all of its successes, including today's shipment of the Fire Phone to mixed reviews, but Amazon's estimates fell well short of Wall Street expectations -- analysts were predicting a loss of $0.15 per share. The company's stock is down $21 per share, or six percent since the announcement of the wide losses in just an hour.

For the next quarter, net sales are expected to be between $19.7 billion and $21.5 billion, or to grow between 15 percent and 26 percent, compared with third quarter 2013. Operating loss is expected to be between $810 million and $410 million, compared to $25 million in third quarter 2013.



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  1. Fonejacker

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    Joined: 01-11-10

    It took Amazon 9 years before it made a penny profit. Its sales continue to grow, impressively, but its profits never seem to be more than 1 or 2% of its turnover/income. It is a company best avoided if you want to invest and get a good return. As good companies make profits of between 10- 30% of their turnover in order to pay dividends. It doesn't take much for Amazon to make loses and huge loses on wafer thin profit margins. It would't surprise me, if Amazon actually went bust in the next 3-5 years.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: 11-28-08

    How come Amazon's share price isn't rising on earnings? Amazon's future is so bright and they'll make a lot of money years from now because Jeff Bezos is supposed to be some sort of genius. Who needs profits when you have market share? Amazon can't possibly fail. Everyone on Wall Street says the company can't possibly fail.

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