Amazon will take a bite out of Apple in the holiday tablet war, but that doesn’t mean Amazon’s going to be making any money, BGC Partner’s Colin Gillis told the “Fast Money” team Wednesday. In fact, he said Amazon’s stock is a 'sell.'
“This is an expensive stock that looks like its cracking,” Gillis said.
However, the Kindle Fire will “absolutely hurt iPad sales,” he said, citing studies that show Amazon’s tablet taking about 25 percent of sales away from the iPad.
Amazon will probably sell about five million Kindle Fires this quarter, Gillis noted. But the Internet retailer is selling it at an “attractive” price point that isn’t going to make the company any money.
“This is not going to be a good thing for Amazon’s bottom line in the near-term,” he added.
So why sell the new tablet with no profit margin? Gillis said Amazon is weak in digital music and digital moves, and the Kindle Fire will help it catch up. But that's not enough for him.
“The reality is do you want to pay an ultra premium price in valuation for a company that (he thinks) is behind the curve in those two critical areas?” he asked.
Apple , on the other hand, may lose some iPad sales to the Kindle Fire, but Gillis thinks the company’s valuation is reasonable. He has a ‘hold’ rating on the stock.