Amazon Shares Jump After Announcing 20-For-1 Stock Split, US$10 Billion Share Buyback, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced that its board approved on Wednesday a 20-for-1 split for the firm’s common stock. The tech giant also authorized a US$10 billion share buyback program.

Following the announcement, the company’s shares jumped by 5% post-closing bell, even reaching back to its US$3,000-mark.

The company last traded at US$2,785.58 on Nasdaq, which post-split will give shareholders 19 more shares valued at US$139.28 each.

Why is Amazon doing a split? The company did not provide specific reasons. Stock splits are usually textbook measures for a company to enhance liquidity and make the shares more retail-friendly due to lower costs.

But given the momentary rally for the share price after the stock split was announced, Amazon stands to gain in improving its share performance. The company’s stock was the worst performer in 2021 among the big tech and has seen meager improvements even during a surge in online transactions during the pandemic.

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The last time Amazon did a stock split was in September 1999, a 2-for-1 ratio. The stock price prior to the split was at US$120.13, and while the valuation improved thereafter, this was hampered by the tech bubble burst. Two years after the stock split, the shares were trading below the US$10.00 mark.

Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOG) also announced a 20-for-1 stock split in February 2022, which saw its shares rise by 9% following the announcement.

On the other hand, the US$10-billion share buyback program is the company’s first one since 2016. Then, the company was authorized to repurchase up to US$5 billion shares and was able to buy back US$2.12 billion upon the closing of the program.

The stock split is expected to take effect on June 3, 2022, and the trading of the expanded shares will start on June 6, 2022.

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