AMZN -, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
+21.11 (+1.07%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

1,990.00 +4.37 (0.22%)
After hours: 7:40PM EDT

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Previous Close1,964.52
Bid1,988.25 x 1000
Ask1,989.95 x 800
Day's Range1,958.26 - 1,989.00
52 Week Range1,307.00 - 2,050.50
Avg. Volume3,979,517
Market Cap977.589B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.62
PE Ratio (TTM)82.89
EPS (TTM)23.95
Earnings DateJul 25, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est2,243.50
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