Amazon's shares crack the $1,000 mark for the first time5
If you consider Amazon to be a tech stock (more on that below) than all top five U.S. companies by market cap (share price multiplied by outstanding shares) are tech centered firms with Apple leading the way. Like Amazon, Apple's shares have risen 33% this year. Facebook's shares are also up 33% in 2017, while Google parent Alphabet has seen its valuation increase 26% this year. Microsoft's stock has gained 13% since the beginning of this year.
Amazon is not categorized as a tech stock by many investors who consider the company to be a retailer. We would strongly disagree. Part of the story that is driving the company this year is Amazon's success with its Echo and Dot smart speakers. And don't forget AI personal assistant Alexa. The latter has branched out this year and is now found on handsets including the new HTC U11 in some markets and the Huawei Mate 9 in the U.S. Alexa gives Amazon an entry into any tech project from smartphones to smart homes.
Recently, Amazon launched the Echo Show which includes a touchscreen and the ability to make/take phone calls.