Living in the age of Amazon

On July 15 and 16, mighty online retailer Amazon (AMZN) will launch its Prime Day sales extravaganza that will attract millions of consumers looking for bargains.

While the retailer has its detractors, especially among labor advocates critical of its treatment of workers, this is clearly a company on a roll.

It raked in revenue of $59.7 billion in its first fiscal quarter and a cool $3.6 billion in net income.

Cloud Computing

On top of that, its cloud computing services business, Amazon Web Services, continues to grow rapidly.

Its market value, which last year surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time, is hovering at $961 billion as of July 9.

Short Interest

Another way to show Amazon’s sheer dominance is to look at how investors are treating the giant’s traditional retailing rivals.

Bespoke Investment Group really pulled together a list looking at 29 stocks in the S&P 500 Index that are targets of short sellers.

It specifically screened for companies that have more than 10% of their share float sold short. 

Legacy Plays

At the top of the list is luxury retailer Nordstrom (JWN) that, as Bespoke notes, has 22% of its float sold short. 

Other retailers on the list include Under Armour (UAA), Kohl’s (KSS), Macy’s (M), Gap (GPS), and Foot Locker (FL).

In my opinion, this shows that Amazon casts a very long shadow over the retail industry.

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