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Chicago, IL – May 2, 2022 – Today, Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights Alphabet GOOGL, Amazon AMZN and Tesla TSLA.
When shares carry a steep price tag, the barrier of entry for potential investors is sometimes too steep, causing them to steer away and look elsewhere to park their hard-earned cash.
Fractional shares have gained popularity over the recent term, but not all have access to this accommodating feature. Companies combat this steep barrier of entry via a stock split, one of the more shareholder-friendly and exciting announcements that a company can make.
A stock split doesn't affect a company's valuation. However, it does lower the value of each individual share, providing ease for the stock price to multiply once again and provide investors with considerable gains. Simply put, it's generally a bullish catalyst.
We've recently gotten announcements from two giants in the market – Alphabet and Amazon – that the companies would soon be splitting their stock. Needless to say, it shocked the market, as Amazon hasn't split shares since 1999, and Alphabet hasn't split their Class A shares since 2014. Both companies will be performing a 20-for-1 split.
It's no secret that these two giant companies have skyrocketed in valuation over the last several years due to their popularity with investors, causing the share price to become a significant barrier to entry.
It's been a tough year-long stretch for AMZN and GOOGL shares. Amazon shares have declined quite drastically and underperformed the general market, but Alphabet shares have managed to show a higher blend of defense. Amazon shares have been negatively affected by supply-chain issues, rising labor costs, and unionization talks.
Additionally, in its quarterly report last night, AMZN revealed that expenses had surged and posted less-than-expected revenue growth. A rare EPS miss in Alphabet's quarterly report earlier this week has recently sent its shares downwards.
Tesla is one of the best examples to analyze whenever gauging how stock splits affect a company's share price. TSLA last recorded a 5-for-1 split in August 2020, opening the floodgates for many new buyers. The company split its stock for a simple reason – the price tag on shares had increased dramatically following a surge of interest from investors.
The split sent shares flying. The chart below illustrates just how far shares moved in a month following the split announcement on August 11th, 2020.
TSLA shares no doubt benefited from the split. It's pretty common for a company's shares to move upwards following a split, and I see no reason why the same can't be true for GOOGL and AMZN.
In fact, Alphabet and Amazon simply announcing their plans for a stock split was enough to send both companies' shares flying. On March 9th, when the news first broke that AMZN would be splitting, shares jumped nearly 6% the next day. In Google's quarterly earnings in February, the company announced the split; shares surged 7.5% the following day.
The splits will also provide a higher level of liquidity; once the share count is increased, the bid-ask becomes tighter and makes it much easier for investors to buy shares.
With the adverse price action we have witnessed following Amazon's and Alphabet's quarterly reports, it feels almost inevitable that rough waters are on the horizon. However, I believe that both companies have at least one major bullish catalyst moving forward – a stock split.
Amazon undoubtedly benefited immensely from the surge in pandemic-induced online shopping, displayed by its historic increase in revenue and valuation from 2020 to 2021. The trend has recently turned unfavorable for the company, shown in its quarterly revenue.
However, the stock split announcement is still enough for me to have an optimistic outlook for Amazon shares moving forward. The company has also displayed its shareholder-friendly nature via the announcement of a $10 billion share buyback when it revealed its plans to split its stock. The stock split takes place on June 6th.
Amazon.com, Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Amazon.com, Inc. Quote
Like AMZN, Alphabet was able to reap the rewards of the high-traffic online world during the pandemic whenever everybody was locked inside, no doubt fueling the run that shares went on before recently coming to a halt in 2022. Aside from the split, another positive moving forward for GOOGL shares is the announcement of a sizable $70 billion share buyback unveiled this week in its quarterly report. Alphabet's stock split takes place July 15th.
Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Alphabet Inc. Quote
I believe that it's vital for investors to realize that these companies can't stay down forever and that their shares can walk down a more prosperous moving forward, especially after the splits take place. Additionally, a stock split usually indicates that the company is in good health.
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