Amazon share price slides after weaker-than-expected Q2 earnings


'Q2′s results were negatively impacted by margin compression in North America due to the investments in next day Prime delivery, which we continue to believe is an example of short-term pain for long-term gain, ' Moody's Amazon Analyst Charlie O'Shea said in an email statement.

But it also crimped its profits. The company is striving to slash shipping times to one day for its Amazon Prime club members.

The iconic online shopping giant posted EPS of $5.22, lower than the $5.57 per share analysts expected. That compares with $2.53 billion, or $5.07 per share, in the year ago quarter.

Profit for the quarter was up 3.6 per cent to $2.63 billion, which failed to meet analyst expectations. Its stock slipped about 1.7% to $1,941 in extended trading following the earnings report. So far Amazon has expanded one-day delivery to more than 10 million items, a fraction of the 100 million-plus goods it offers in two days in the United States.

AWS additionally announced the general availability of Amazon Textract, a fully-managed machine learning service that it noted "automatically extracts text and data, including from tables and forms, in virtually any document without the need for manual review, custom code, or machine learning experience".

Management credited the acceleration in online sales growth to the company's rollout of free one-day delivery.

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But the unforeseen costs and speed bumps that are accompanying Amazon's move to one day suggests that the remarkable pace that the company is in-housing its delivery capabilities might be causing problems for the one-day pledge. Walmart is offering next day delivery for shoppers in Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas and southern California. and plans to roll out the service to 75 % of the US population by year end. It plans to roll out the service to 75% of the US population by year end.

At the same time, Amazon, along with Facebook, Google and Apple, is feeling the heat from government investigations into Big Tech's market dominance.

Shares of the company were down almost 2% at $1939.05 in extended trading.

This Wednesday, July 17, 2019 photo shows an Amazon shipping truck at a fulfillment center in Phoenix. Cloud computing is one of Amazon's most profitable businesses, fueling investments in other parts of the company. (NASDAQ:AMZN) reported second-quarter earnings of $2.63 billion US or $5.22 per share, numbers that disappointed analysts who had expected a better performance. Analysts had forecast $5.56 per share.

Revenue from Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud service that has been a massive growth driver (and chief profit driver) for the e-Commerce giant, gained 37% to $8.38 billion, below the $8.5 billion anticipated by FactSet.

In addition to enticing customers to shop more with faster and faster shipping, Amazon is also working to boost its overall revenue through a mix of newer services, including cloud computing and advertising. Needless to say, the company wants to make it possible for customers to get their products as soon as possible and consequently raise the number of sales the company actually completes in a year.