Private lenders will be able to buy and sell shares in Amazon, a private lender, as part of a deal announced Wednesday.
The Amazon acquisition will give private lenders access to Amazon’s stock and a number of other services, including the Kindle e-reader and its Prime video streaming service.
Amazon is also acquiring Whole Foods Market, a Whole Foods affiliate, which is part of the private lender.
Amazon’s stock, the fastest-growing in the U.S., has been on a tear since its $6.7 billion acquisition of the e-commerce giant from Amazon in July.
The stock gained nearly 2% in Wednesday trading.
The private lender deals are a step toward Amazon’s broader efforts to diversify its businesses and expand its operations.
Amazon already offers a range of lending products and services, and the company recently announced plans to open new branches in New York and Chicago.
The companies’ announcement comes at a time when Amazon has struggled to find private lenders to buy its stock.
It has struggled in recent months to find a private loan to pay for new equipment.
In a separate announcement, Amazon also announced that it will expand its online shopping to new markets in Asia and Africa in 2019.
The company is also working on a number other projects, including a new factory to build drones.