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Amazon announces 20-for-1 stock split, $10 billion buyback



Amazon on Wednesday announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 20-for-1 stock split.


The company also said it plans to buy back up to $10 billion worth of shares.


Amazon shares soared as much as 10% in extended trading on Wednesday after the company announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 20-for-1 stock split.

The company also announced it plans to buy back up to $10 billion worth of shares.


Were the split to happen as of Wednesday’s close, the cost of each share would go from $2,785.58 to $139.28, and each existing holder would get 19 additional shares for every one they own.

Amazon joins a parade of highly-valued tech companies pulling down the price of each share through a split. Google parent Alphabet announced a 20-for-one split in February. In mid-2020, Apple disclosed plans for a four-for-one split, and Tesla told investors it was instituting a five-for-one split.


Stock splits are cosmetic and do not fundamentally change anything about the company, other than possibly making the shares accessible to a larger number of investors because of their cheaper price.

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