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Amazon to hike Prime prices in Europe; What does this mean for AMZN stock?

Amazon to hike Prime prices in Europe; What does this mean for AMZN stock
Dino Kurbegovic

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is looking to increase the price of its Amazon Prime scheme for users in the European Union (EU) and the UK. 

The announcement comes several months after the firm raised fees for U.S. customers, with the goal of counteracting the operating costs, Reuters reported on July 26. 

However, the increases will not be the same across markets; for Germany, the hike will be 30%, for France, Spain, and Italy it will be 43%, while the UK will be 20%. These increases will be effective on September 15, when members join or renew their memberships.  

Moreover, this price increase could be fueled by supply chain issues companies are facing, rising inflation, and increasing fuel prices. Prime members often shop more on the site and enjoy the benefits of free delivery in one to two days; with fuel prices rising, this service is likely getting more expensive for the e-commerce giant. 

Meanwhile, in pre-market trading, the shares of AMZN are down by 3.67%, and with earnings coming on Thursday, July 28, more volatility can be expected for Amazon stock this week.  

AMZN chart and analysis

In the last month, AMZN has been trading in the $102.52 to $125.50 range, with prices rising lately; therefore investors looking to enter would be prudent to wait for a potential pull-back. 

Furthermore, over the last month, shares are up 7%, with a support zone is set up between $111.88 and $114.17, while the resistance line located at $122.42.

AMZN 20-50-200 SMA lines chart. Source. data. See more stocks here.

TipRanks analysts maintain a ‘strong buy’ rating consensus, seeing the average price in the next 12 months reaching $172.91, 42.74% higher than the current trading price of $121.14.

Wall Street analysts’ price targets for AMZN. Source: TipRanks  

A recent profit warning by Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has seemingly spooked investors when it comes to the retail segment of the market, as inflation is noticeably hurting consumers’ buying habits. Further, Amazon did not raise prices for Prime since 2014, so this new increase seems prescient. 

With a hectic week on Wall Street when it comes to earnings, AMZN’s price may be volatile in the upcoming days, especially once it releases earnings on July 28.   

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