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Anna Sokolidou | Friday, 21st August, 2020 | More on: AMZN Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) stock has had a wonderful time since the beginning of the pandemic. But many people around the world, including UK investors, are wondering if it is still a buy.The recent Nasdaq rally is spectacular, indeed. It can only be compared to the dotcom bubble. In the 1990s, Americans dreamed of getting rich from Internet commercialisation. It was the period of IPOs for loss-making high-tech companies. At the same time, the Fed was pouring cheap money into the market. Of course, the bubble eventually burst.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…Even though blue chips like Cisco, Intel, and Oracle survived the crisis, their shares plunged by around 80%. One of the notable survivors was Amazon. In the 1990s it was a small business. But now, as we all know, it is one of the largest and most popular companies in the world. It looks as if it’s overpopular right now. But let’s have a look at the fundamentals.Amazon stock – qualitative factors   To start with, it is the absolute leader in e-commerce. Although it’s a well-diversified business, the bulk of its sales are due to online and physical stores. But it also makes plenty of money through subscriptions and web services. I was surprised to find out that most of its sales growth in Q2 of 2020 was in North America. It might seem logical that developing countries deliver impressive growth as opposed to developed countries like the US. But the international segment has always been the corporation’s weak spot. What’s more, household spending in the US was really well supported by the government. In fact, one of the first relief bills passed by the Congress was ironically called ‘The Amazon Support Act’ by some analysts! Of course, the demand for online delivery of essentials such as food and household supplies has surged to historically high levels. And the corporation was more than prepared to cope with it. Its Whole Foods Market division was particularly useful in the situation.  But the company’s sales growth has always been impressive, even before the pandemic.  Here’s the 10-year revenue history graph. Source: YChartsOver the period the company managed to increase its sales by 1,000%. That’s 100% per year on average! Looks great.ValuationAt the same time, as can be seen from the graph, the sales growth rate is much more moderate than the Amazon share price rise. Over the same period Amazon stock surged by 2,500%. Most of the boost happened this year but it looks like revenue couldn’t keep up. The second quarter earnings results were, however, brilliant. Net income rose from $2.6bn in Q2 2019 to $5.2bn in Q2 2020. Almost two times! And how about Amazon’s liquidity? Well, it is quite strong. In fact, on 10 February 2020, Moody’s decided to upgrade Amazon’s credit rating to A2, a strong investment grade. So, it looks like the company is doing very well.Source: YChartsAt the same time, if we look at the history of Amazon’s accounting multipliers, the stock doesn’t seem to be overly expensive. But the price-to-earnings (P/E) and the forward P/E ratios of 126 and 103 would be extremely high for any other company. Should UK investors buy Amazon stock?Overall, I agree with my colleague James, who would prefer the stock to drop before he’d buy it. It’s always a mistake to overpay for something, I think.  center_img Image source: Amazon Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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first_imgThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin volleyball team is looking to continue their four-game win streak heading into their last weekend of regular season play.Wisconsin will face off against two Big Ten teams on their final weekend road trip, starting with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Knights (6-25, 0-18 Big Ten) are searching for their first conference win and first overall win since Sept. 15.Volleyball: No. 7 Wisconsin completes weekend sweep of Ohio State, Maryland in dominant fashionThe No. 7 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (20-6, 13-5 Big Ten) won two matches on the road over Read…The Knights traveled to Wisconsin in September, where they scored a total of only 32 points through three sets. The Badgers dominated Rutgers in every statistical category, including eight team aces. Madison Duello led the way for the Badgers with 11 kills, while Dana Rettke had six blocks and Molly Haggerty recorded 10 digs from the back row.The Badgers will look to handle Rutgers once again and move to a five-game win streak, which would tie their longest win streak of the season. The game will be at New Brunswick Friday at 1 p.m. and is being broadcasted on 100.9 FM.The second part of this final road trip will take the Badgers to University Park, PA, to face the No. 7 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State, on a two-game win streak, will have to face off against the No. 3 ranked Minnesota Gophers Friday, and then host the Badgers Saturday. This could be a tough weekend for Penn State, and Wisconsin will want to take advantage.Women’s hockey: Badgers outscore Bemidji State 8–0 in dominant weekend sweepThe No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued its commanding 2018 campaign over the weekend, sweeping the Bemidji State Beavers Read…This will be the first time this season these two teams will face off against each other, and Penn State has not been an easy opponent to put away. Their last three losses have all been in five sets and to ranked opponents. Though the Badgers are no stranger to a five-set match, this one is bound to be a tough battle.The Badgers will have to shut down the Penn State hitting core of Jonni Parker, Taylor Leath and Nia Reed. All three of these Penn State players have recorded over 200 kills on the season so far.The game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m., and will be available on the Big Ten Network and 100.9 FM.last_img read more