It's a no-win situation for Amazon's shareholders, and if they refuse to acknowledge the gravity of the situation, at least protect yourself from a catastrophic loss. You can do so in several ways. A common method is through "portfolio insurance" or buying put options.
The Amazon November $200 strike puts can be bought for about $1.15 each. For about the price of a dollar menu item plus tax, you can ensure that you will cap your potential downside, and anything under $200 doesn't result in further losses.
A January $190 put will cost you about two dollar menu items including tax. If you think Amazon trading $190 can't happen, keep in mind that at $190, Amazon will still be more expensive than Google, Wal-Mart, Target, or Apple on an earnings basis.
I use a proprietary blend of technical analysis, financial crowd behavior and fundamentals in my short-term trades, and while not totally the same in longer swing trades to investments, the concepts used are similar. You may want to use this article as a starting point of your own research with your financial planner.
At the time of publication the author had no holdings in any stock mentioned.
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