Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's recent mess surely qualifies. There are very few companies that investors believe will flourish in this economy, but many think online retailer Amazon.com
In our Motley Fool CAPS community, nearly 72% of the 4,267 investors rating the company are bullish, so there's no shortage of reasons why Amazon will thrive, three of which I've highlighted below.
But here at the Fool, we're all for looking at both the good and the bad sides of an investment. Once you're done with this article, you can read the case against the stock, weigh in with your own comments below, or rate Amazon yourself in CAPS.
While some bricks-and-mortar stores like Sears Holdings
2. Leg up on the holidays
Not only did Amazon top the charts as the most-visited website on Black Friday, topping the retail websites of Apple
3. Cash, cash, and more cash
In addition to Amazon generating consistently positive free cash flow in recent years, its operating cash flow and free cash flow have skyrocketed for the trailing 12 months, even in the midst of a bleak retail environment. It's pulling in more free cash flow than its net income, and some CAPS members like potential opportunities that Amazon could take advantage of with its growing cash balance.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock is looking for three justifiable reasons to splurge on a new GPS this year. He doesn't own shares of companies mentioned here. Apple, Amazon, and Best Buy are Stock Advisor recommendations. Best Buy, Sears Holdings, and Wal-Mart Stores are Inside Value picks. The Fool owns shares of Best Buy. The Fool's disclosure policy spent Black Friday in bed nursing a hangover.
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