Could Amazon reach $325 a share?

Founder Jeff Bezos has been called 'the Sam Walton of our time.'

By Aimee Picchi Jan 8, 2013 2:43PM logo -- Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesAmazon (AMZN), a high-flier of the late 1990s Internet boom, is "underappreciated" and its stock might have more room to grow, according to Morgan Stanley.

Shares of the online retailer could reach $325 -- or about 23% higher than its current trading price, according to the investment firm. Others agree with Morgan Stanley's assessment, with investor and commentator Jim Cramer calling Amazon founder Jeff Bezos "the Sam Walton of our time."

Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart (WMT), created the world's largest retailer by cutting margins and seeking to drive profits through volume, as well as using technology and inventory control to gain an edge. Today, Wal-Mart has a market capitalization of $229 billion. 

Amazon -- valued at $120 billion by the stock market -- is expanding its warehouses and announced 19 new fulfillment centers in the third-quarter alone.

"When you decide that you want to take over a core business, which is the fulfillment for everybody else who is trying to do online [sales], you see why they've spent so much building these warehouses everywhere," Cramer said in this video. They "are the backbone for all Internet shopping."

Cramer, who said he agrees with the $325 price target from Morgan Stanley, noted that the price-to-earnings ratio for Amazon is "absurd," yet he added, "It's the only stock I use without looking at the P/E multiple." 

Wal-Mart has a current price-to-earnings ratio of 14, while Amazon's is currently 501, according to data from Bloomberg. The online retailer had a healthy run last year, with its stock jumping nearly 44% in 2012

So far, Morgan Stanley's call hasn't had the same effect on Amazon's stock price as the infamous 1998 $400 price target from former analyst Henry Blodget, who saw the stock zoom to his target in just over three weeks. 

"There are so many ways to win here," Cramer said. He added that it "looks like they've really crushed the Nook with the Kindle, and also Amazon Prime represents such a great value. There was a thought about when sales taxes were about to go up in many states that that would hurt Amazon, but apparently it hasn't."

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Jan 8, 2013 3:03PM
If they would repay the money that they illegally stole - Oops - "borrowed" from the SS fund, there wouldn't be the problem they are predicting now.  Our politicians that supposedly represent us, need to start doing that and speak up and do what we elected them for.  Any one that doesn't is just part of the corrupt system that we call government.
Jan 9, 2013 2:43AM
Amazon is about to receive a backlash for providing money to anti-gun propaganda.

When will companies learn to stick to their product and stay out of politics?

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