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Amazon Becomes World’s First Public Company to Lose $1 Trillion in Market Value

Shares in the e-commerce and cloud company fell as much as 4.6 percent on Wednesday, pushing its market value to about $878 billion from a record close at $1.882 trillion on July 2021.
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Amazon.com Inc. 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 as much as 4.6 percent on Wednesday, pushing its market value to about $878 billion from a record close at $1.882 trillion on July 2021. Amazon and Microsoft Corp. were neck-and-neck in the race to breach the unwelcome milestone, with the Windows software maker close behind after having lost $900 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 $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 percent amid slowing sales, soaring costs and a jump in interest rates. 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 $1 trillion for the first time since the pandemic-fuelled rally in tech stocks more than two years ago.

By Subrat Patnaik, Jeran Wittenstein

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