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Amazon Crossed $2 Trillion In Market Capitalization For The First Time

Amazon reported a market capitalization of $2 trillion for the first time, becoming one of the few companies in the world to pass the milestone.

KEY FACTS

  • Amazon‘s market capitalization surpassed $2 trillion on Wednesday after its shares hit a record high of $193.
  • The online commerce giant joins Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia and Alphabet as the only public companies in the world worth $2 trillion or more.
  • Bank of America raised its price target on Amazon shares from $210 to $220, suggesting another 12% upside for the stock and a market capitalization of $2.3 trillion.

FORBES ASSESSMENT

The net worth of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chairman, grew by nearly $6 billion on Wednesday, according to Forbes. Bezos’ net worth of $209 billion is the second largest in the world, trailing only Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s net worth of $219.2 billion. Bezos, who owns about a tenth of Amazon’s capital, is $35 billion richer than he was at the end of 2023.

KEY STORY

Bezos’ growing wealth came on the heels of a rally in Amazon’s stock. Shares are up 27% year-to-date and 130% since the start of last year. Now led by CEO Andy Jassy, ​​Amazon is among the most profitable companies in the first quarter, with a net income of $10.4 billion, a huge improvement from a loss of $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2022 and a profit of 3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2023. In addition to Amazon’s growing profit, its stock is also getting a boost from broader investor interest in AI, with Amazon Web Services among the most recognizable AI products on the market. Amazon’s market value is set to grow by more than $400 billion in 2024, outpaced by Microsoft and Apple’s gains of more than $500 billion, respectively, and Nvidia’s $1.8 trillion hit.

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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