Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Overwhelming Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) & Other Retailers: Cramer

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) downgraded their full-year earnings expectations today as the retailer struggles to ignite growth at their iconic big-box stores. They are just the latest in a series of retailers to temper expectations in a retail environment that hasn’t improved as many industry executives and analysts had anticipated.

If there’s a giant elephant in the room when discussing the continuing tepid sales numbers being both exhibited and forecast by retailers across the nation, according to Jim Cramer, that elephant’s name would be Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Amazon.com Inc.

The CNBC presenter, while discussing the downgraded forecast provided by Wal-Mart during a segment on Squawk on the Street, said he believes that the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) effect is conspiring to overwhelm retail stores at this point and demolish their sales and margins.

In fact, Cramer’s resignation over the power of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) led him to recently dump Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) stock from his charitable trust portfolio, which he addressed during the segment.

“We think Costco is the finest retailer, but we just look at Amazon and we just think that Amazon has decided to wreck everybody’s margins, and as long as their stock doesn’t get hit, it just; even the best of the best, which is Costco, it’s a very tough stock to own,” Cramer said.

Cramer later added that he had owned Costco for years, but that after yesterday’s announcement that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) was releasing their own mobile payment system to compete with Square and PayPal and get them into an advantageous position within retail stores, he simply had thrown his hands up in the air and had said “you can’t go against these guys.”

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s new payment system will undercut the entrenched competition by as much as 1% in per-transaction fees charged to merchants until 2016, which should make it especially attractive to small businesses.

Disclosure: none

blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The 10 Best Countries To Work In the World

A Profitable Day At The Track: 5 Tips For Betting On Horses

Tearing You Apart: 6 Bad Habits That Ruin Relationships

Learning on the Job: The 6 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make

Shopaholics Rejoice: The 12 Biggest Malls in the World

Fright Night: 10 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

Mach Mania: The 10 Fastest Jets in the World

Military Heavyweights: The 10 Countries with the Most Tanks

All In: The 7 Richest Poker Players in the World

Abracadabra: The 10 Best Magicians in the World

The 10 Richest Asian Countries in the World in 2014

Eyes in the Sky: 10 Things You Need to Know About Drones

Rising Stars: The 6 Best Silicon Valley Startups

Military Muscle: The 5 Most Advanced Armies in South America

All that Glitters: The 7 Most Luxurious Jewelry Brands in the World

5 Things You Didn’t Know About ISIS but Should

Empowering Your Money: The 5 Best Energy Stocks to Invest In

The 11 Best Android Apps You Can’t Get on iOS

The 10 Most Important International Conflicts in 2014

Mood Enhancers: The 20 Most Uplifting Songs of all Time

Lover Beware: The 8 Countries that Cheat the Most

Breath of Fresh Air: The 25 Countries with the Best Air Quality on the Planet

Singles Beware: The 8 Worst Mistakes Made on First Dates

Healthy and Happy: The 10 Countries with Lowest Healthcare Costs

The 6 Best Company Team Building Activities to Build Workplace Camaraderie

Ships Ahoy: The 10 Busiest Shipping Ports in the World

10 Productivity Tips to Save You Time and Help You Do More With Less

Grab a Bite: The Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants in America

Friday Night Thirst: The 10 Most Popular Cocktails in the World

The 6 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries We May Never Figure Out

7 Useless Products You Never Should’ve Bought

The 5 Reasons Why You’re Single and Miserable

The 7 Most Addictive Foods in the World We Can’t Stop Eating (Even Though We Should)

5 Amazing Places You Can Swim with Dolphins

The Top 7 Most Livable Countries In The World

The 10 Most Expensive Baseball Cards Ever Pulled From A Pack

The 5 Easiest Second Languages to Learn for English Speakers

Silver Spoon: The 6 Richest Families in the World

The 20 Countries with the Largest Prison Populations in the World

The Top 10 Richest Actors in the World

The 10 Best Airline Stocks to Invest In Before They Fly Too High

Burger Kings: The 10 Most Expensive Burgers in the World

The 10 Most Ethnically Diverse Countries in the World

The 10 Most Exclusive Credit Cards in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships in the World

The 10 Fastest Supercomputers in the World

The 10 Best Countries for Doing Business 2015

6 Most Expensive Fruits In The World

10 Worst Airlines in the World

The 10 Biggest Tax Havens in the World to Stash Your Money

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!