BMO: We're making Amazon a 'new top pick' because exploding revenue in one key business

It’s no secret that Amazon is a juggernaut.

The e-commerce platform is already one of the largest public companies by market cap ($US425.4 billion) and boosts a stock price of almost $US900 a share.

But, a group of equity analysts at the Bank of Montreal think that Amazon’s best days are still ahead of it and have made the stock a “new top pick.”

In a note sent out to clients on Tuesday, the firm raised its price target for the company’s stock from $US900 to $US1200 per share, above its current price of $US891.51.

The bank attributes its more bullish outlook for Amazon to new estimates about the company’s ability to churn out higher than expected ad revenues.

“We estimate Amazon will generate $US3.5 billion of ad revenue in 2017, growing 63% to $US5.7 billion in 2018,” the bank said.”While no formal consensus estimate exist we believe this is well above expectations of around ~$US1.5 billion in 2017.”

The bank contends that Amazon’s ad business is strong and could be valued at about $US150 billion or $US300 per share.

According to BOM, the majority of Amazon’s revenue from advertising comes from its electronic merchandise or EGM segment.

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