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Amazon.com Inc. shares rallied March 28, with the e-commerce giant becoming the first of megacap tech stocks to erase losses for the year.
Shares rose as much as 2.2% to $3,366.63, trading at their highest since Jan. 4. They now are flat on the year after having dropped more than 18% earlier this month.
Among the other major internet and technology stocks, Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. are close to recouping their losses for the year with a 2% decline each, while Microsoft Corp. is almost 9% lower. Meta Platforms Inc. and Netflix Inc. have seen far sharper losses, dropping more than 30% as they struggle to recover from weak forecasts. The Nasdaq 100 Index has slumped about 9% in 2022.
Amazon has reclaimed its long-standing title as a market leader after being a laggard in 2021. In early February, it reported fourth-quarter results that were much stronger than expected, easing concerns about its post-pandemic growth prospects and sparking the biggest single-day gain by a U.S. stock in market history. A month later, it announced a 20-for-1 stock split, spurring additional gains as Wall Street bet the move could lead to higher interest from retail investors.
“We’ve seen a shift back into these kinds of high-quality growth names, with strong balance sheets and market positions, and Amazon’s strength also reflects how strong the consumer continues to be,” said Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab.
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Beyond those factors, major technology and internet stocks have staged a comeback over the past two weeks despite a surge in Treasury yields, signaling an improving earnings outlook is starting to overshadow concerns about a rising interest-rate environment and geopolitical tensions.
Amazon’s 2022 performance stands in contrast to other names in the e-commerce space. EBay Inc. has dropped nearly 13% this year, while Etsy Inc. and Wayfair Inc. are down more than 30%.
Amazon.com Inc. ranks No. 22 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.
—With assistance from Jeran Wittenstein.