Seeking Alpha, Inc. (AMZN)

  • Dec. 2, 2011, 5:21 PM
    Google (GOOG) is playing with fire if it intends to launch a branded online store to match Amazon (AMZN) Prime, John Dvorak writes. Because Google is good at searching for products to buy, it may think it should be good at actually selling them - but it may not realize that finding something in a store isn't the same as being in the retailing business - and that's Amazon's forte.
    | Dec. 2, 2011, 5:21 PM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:12 PM
    Research firm iSuppli expects shipments of 3.9M Kindle Fire tablets this quarter, pushing Amazon (AMZN) to second place in tablets behind Apple (AAPL), which the firm expects will ship 18.6M iPads this quarter. iSuppli speculates Apple may reduce iPad 2 pricing when iPad 3 is launched, in much the same way iPhone 3 prices were cut on the rollout of iPhone 4. (earlier)
    | Dec. 2, 2011, 12:12 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 2, 2011, 12:07 PM
    In spite of weak sales (I, II) thus far, Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) isn't giving up on high-end Android (GOOG) tablets: CNET reports the carrier plans to sell Motorola's (MMI) upcoming 4G Droid Xyboard devices. Pricing could make or break the products: if Verizon subsidizes Motorola's tablets in exchange for service contracts, they just might not be roadkill for the iPad (AAPL) and Kindle Fire (AMZN). (earlier)
    | Dec. 2, 2011, 12:07 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 2, 2011, 8:41 AM
    Kindle Fire contract manufacturer Quanta has reportedly shipped 3M-4M units of Amazon's (AMZN) tablet thus far, and expects shipments to reach 5M by late December or early January. In spite of less-than-stellar reviews (I, II), early consumer demand for the Fire appears to remain strong. (earlier)
    | Dec. 2, 2011, 8:41 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 1:24 PM
    The WSJ reports sources saying Google (GOOG) - facing a challenge from the success of Amazon (AMZN) Prime - is in talks with major retailers and shippers to create its own next day or even same-day shipping service. Among those possibly pitched are Macy's (M), Gap (GPS), OfficeMax (OMX), and UPS. (previous)
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 1:24 PM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 12:40 PM
    That little spike down from $198 to $195 in Amazon (AMZN) a few minutes ago? Benzinga - citing the WSJ - says Google (GOOG) is working on a same-day delivery system for online purchases, and is speaking to retailers about the design. AMZN shares are now at $196.15, +2%.
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 12:40 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:29 AM
    As Barnes & Noble (BKS -19.2%) crashes on account of weak FQ2 results and FY12 guidance, Best Buy provides another piece of discouraging data for the company: the Nook Tablet is only the 8th-best-selling tablet on Best Buy's site, 7 spots below the top-ranked Kindle Fire (AMZN). The iPad (AAPL) is likely the most popular tablet overall, given that over a dozen models are listed.
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 11:29 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 11:03 AM
    JPMorgan's Mark Moskowitz is out with another bullish note on Apple (AAPL +0.7%), in which he raises his FQ1 estimates above consensus. While lowering his FQ1 iPad shipment forecast by 300K to 13M, partly on account of Kindle Fire (AMZN) demand, Moskowitz is lifting his iPhone forecast by 2.7M to 28M, after his "research inputs" indicate strong sales. (previously)
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 11:03 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 10:27 AM
    Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS -12.5%) get hammered in early trading after the firm misses consensus EPS estimates badly and says it expects full-year earnings to fall in the lower end of its previously issued guidance. The company says it will increase its spend on marketing and advertising for its Nook business - cutting into margins already razor-thin with rival Amazon (AMZN +2.2%) willing to sell e-readers at a loss (I, II).
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 10:27 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 1, 2011, 6:54 AM
    Amazon (AMZN) looks to grow sales in Spain after launching the Spanish Kindle store stocked with over 900K titles and a new 170-gram Spanish-language Kindle with built-in Wi-Fi support. The firm already has online stores in the UK, France, and Germany on the continent.
    | Dec. 1, 2011, 6:54 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:17 PM
    eBay's (EBAY +3.2%) response in a House hearing to the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act getting bandied around Washington (previous) is to point out that the so-called "level playing field" advocated by rival Amazon (AMZN +1.4%) actually isn't so equal. "Small businesses retailers face many competitive disadvantages when compared to larger retailers."
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 1:17 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 1:07 PM
    Amazon (AMZN +2.2%) supports an "even-handed" federal framework for collecting online sales taxes as long as it's all-inclusive, according to testimony at a House hearing today. The idea being pushed by voter-conscious politicians is to help put local mom-and-pop stores on the same playing field as online retailers when it comes to taxes. The relatively complacent attitude from AMZN on online taxes that are sure to cut into its pricing advantage isn't tied to any sense of fairness - but focuses on a larger strategy with its battle vs. EBAY and its army of small online sellers.
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 1:07 PM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 30, 2011, 9:25 AM
    Nvidia (NVDA) gains 4% after Canaccord's checks lead it to believe one of the company's Tegra app processors has been designed into the next-gen version of Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire. Investors were hopeful a Tegra chip would be used in the current Fire, but Amazon wound up using a Texas Instruments (TXN) OMAP 4 processor.
    | Nov. 30, 2011, 9:25 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 10:07 AM
    As far as tablets go, Windows 8 (MSFT) will be "very late to the party," warns Forrester's J.P. Gownder: By the time Windows 8 tablets arrive in 2H 2012, AAPL, AMZN, BKS, and others will have already won the hearts and wallets of tens of millions of consumers and businesses. Software compatibility issues for ARM-based (ARMH) Windows 8 systems could also slow tablet adoption. (previously)
    | Nov. 29, 2011, 10:07 AM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 28, 2011, 2:44 PM
    Google's (GOOG +4.4%) oft-criticized music service (I, II) shows its serious side with Cyber Monday deals meant to sharply undercut pricing from rivals Amazon (AMZN +6.5%) and Apple (AAPL +3.5%). Albums priced at $1.99 are now available via the Android Market. A key unanswered question: Can Google strategically embed the service on the Android platform and leverage its search dominance to boost sales and market share?
    | Nov. 28, 2011, 2:44 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 28, 2011, 1:35 PM
    It looks as if Best Buy (BBY) is giving up on Research In Motion's (RIMM +2.8%) PlayBook: many online buyers are reporting cancelled orders, and PlayBook listings on Best Buy's web site have been pulled. The PlayBook has seen dismal sales this year, and the release of Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire (also a 7-inch tablet) may prove the nail in its coffin. Update: Best Buy has responded to the controversy by stating it sold out of PlayBooks following a $300 price drop, and will restock them soon. (also)
    | Nov. 28, 2011, 1:35 PM | 12 Comments
Company Description Inc is an online retailer. The Company sells its products through the website which provides services, such as advertising services and co-branded credit card agreements. It also offers electronic devices like Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States