Amazon becomes world’s first public company to lose US$1t in market value

AMAZON.COM is the world's first public company to lose a trillion dollars in market value as a combination of rising inflation, tightening monetary policies and disappointing earnings updates triggered a historic selloff in the stock this year.

Shares in the e-commerce and cloud company fell 4.3 per cent on Wednesday (Nov 9), pushing its market value to about US$879 billion from a record close at US$1.88 trillion on July 2021. Amazon and Microsoft were neck-and-neck in the race to breach the unwelcome milestone, with the Windows software maker close behind after having lost US$889 billion from a November 2021 peak.

While technology and growth stocks have been punished throughout the year, fears of a recession have further dampened sentiment in the sector. The top five US technology companies by revenue have seen nearly US$4 trillion in market value evaporate this year.

The world's largest online retailer has spent this year adjusting to a sharp slowdown in e-commerce growth as shoppers resumed pre-pandemic habits. Its shares have fallen almost 50 per cent amid slowing sales, soaring costs and a jump in interest rates. Since the start of the year, co-founder Jeff Bezos has seen his fortune dwindle by about US$83 billion to US$109 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Last month, Amazon projected the slowest revenue growth for a holiday quarter in the company's history as shoppers reduce their spending in the face of economic uncertainty. That sent its market value below US$1 trillion for the first time since the pandemic-fuelled rally in tech stocks more than two years ago. BLOOMBERG

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