Seeking Alpha, Inc. (AMZN)

  • Apr. 12, 2012, 10:40 AM
    Barnes & Noble (BKS -4%) drops again as the e-book settlement (I, II) appears likely to prompt rival Amazon (AMZN +2.1%) to cut prices to grab market share and further pressure profit margins for BKS if it gets into an e-book pricing war.
    | Apr. 12, 2012, 10:40 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 10, 2012, 1:36 PM
    Amazon (AMZN -2.1%) plans to add a feature to it apps for Kindle and Android devices that allows users to make purchases using the firm's one-click purchasing feature. The move should help Amazon attract better apps and content by empowering developers to charge for digital content and subscriptions.
    | Apr. 10, 2012, 1:36 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 4, 2012, 3:15 PM
    Investors underestimate the variable costs in Amazon’s (AMZN -2.9%) business, costs that could hold back margins for longer than expected, Morgan Stanley says in reiterating an Equal Weight rating on shares. While investors are dazzled with the “incremental gross margin” AMZN achieves, those figures “exclude relevant variable costs, which artificially inflate reported gross margins.”
    | Apr. 4, 2012, 3:15 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 4, 2012, 12:22 PM
    Best Buy's (BBY -1.4%) online prices averaged 4.2% higher than Amazon's (AMZN -3.1%), according to a Barclays survey that does not paint BBY in a flattering light. Best Buy could claim the best buy on just 4% of products, while AMZN offered a better price on 54%. BBY also offered free shipping on fewer items, and was less competitive on taxes.
    | Apr. 4, 2012, 12:22 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 2, 2012, 7:56 AM
    Amazon (AMZN) is downgraded to Neutral at BAML, saying estimates for the company are too high. The Street currently expects Q2 EPS guidance of $0.49, but ML believes it could be just $0.27. Shares -2.4% premarket.
    | Apr. 2, 2012, 7:56 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 28, 2012, 10:17 AM
    DigiTimes reports that Google (GOOG +1.5%) this summer will release a 7-inch tablet manufactured by Taiwan's Asustek. The model is expected to be priced at $199, meant to compete with Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire at the same price. A separate NY Post report has GOOG rolling out a branded tablet at $150.
    | Mar. 28, 2012, 10:17 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 22, 2012, 11:59 AM
    More than just Lions Gate (LGF -5.5%) could enjoy a Hunger Games boost, from booksellers to movie companies and theaters to toy companies with character tie-ins to capitalize on the franchise, according to Kapitall: SCHL, AMZN, HAS, MAT, IMAX. But trying to play this movie "isn’t a way to make a killing. It’s a way to get killed," Ben Levisohn warns. (also)
    | Mar. 22, 2012, 11:59 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 20, 2012, 5:46 PM
    Though it opened lower, Amazon (AMZN +3.7%) finished the day with a solid gain, as analysts rushed to praise its acquisition of Kiva (I, II). Goldman and JPMorgan note the potential of Kiva's technology to put a lid on Amazon's soaring headcount and fulfillment expenses, and UBS, which believes Kiva generated $100M in 2011 revenue, thinks the deal should be accretive going forward.
    | Mar. 20, 2012, 5:46 PM | Comment!
  • Mar. 9, 2012, 12:47 PM
    Texas Instruments' (TXN -1.2%) reduced outlook may indicate weak Kindle Fire sales, given the reaction in Amazon (AMZN -1.9%) shares; the Kindle Fire runs on a TI OMAP 4430 processor. TI says weak demand from a few OMAP customers led it to adjust its numbers; most analysts pin the blame on Kindle, a few see Nokia (NOK) and RIMM, but most seem inclined to hang in for a turnaround.
    | Mar. 9, 2012, 12:47 PM | Comment!
  • Mar. 7, 2012, 3:10 PM
    Broadcom (BRCM +3%) could replace Texas Instruments (TXN +1.5%) as the combo chip supplier for the next generation of Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire, Lazard says, estimating the design win could add $30M to BRCM's 2012 revenue and better position it in the tablet market. The firm also says BRCM is well positioned to maintain the combo chip business for Apple's latest iPad.
    | Mar. 7, 2012, 3:10 PM | Comment!
  • Mar. 7, 2012, 2:28 PM
    Apple (AAPL) has decided to keep the 16GB versions of the iPad 2 around at price points of $399 (Wi-Fi only) and $529 (Wi-Fi/3G). The price cuts stand to make life even more difficult for rival high-end tablet vendors, which in turn could spell trouble for chip suppliers such as NVDA, ATML, and CY. However, Barnes & Noble (BKS +4.8%), whose Nook Tablet goes for $199-$249, is actually spiking higher. Amazon (AMZN +1.5%) is largely unchanged. (more)
    | Mar. 7, 2012, 2:28 PM | Comment!
  • Feb. 22, 2012, 11:58 AM
    Netflix (NFLX -5.5%) shares continue to slide, apparently from yesterday’s news that Comcast (CMCSA) will offer its own streaming video service, but the company receives favorable comments today following Credit Suisse's endorsement. Piper Jaffray reiterates its Overweight rating and $130 price target, believing NFLX's "content lead is growing" even as Amazon (AMZN) and Hulu are “gaining traction."
    | Feb. 22, 2012, 11:58 AM | 4 Comments
  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:55 AM
    Amazon (AMZN) slides 3.9% premarket after being downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight by previously vocally bullish Morgan Stanley. The bank - which also cut its PT to $190 from $220 - sees decelerating sales growth throughout the year, which will become painfully clear to investors when Amazon delivers guidance following Q1 earnings. 
    | Feb. 16, 2012, 7:55 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:24 PM
    Netflix (NFLX +4.2%) moves up on positive comments out of Credit Suisse today, saying its strong competitive position hasn't changed with the recent announcements by Verizon (VZ -0.9%) and Coinstar (CSTR -0.8%), or with's (AMZN -1.1%) streaming deal with Viacom (VIAB -0.9%).
    | Feb. 14, 2012, 3:24 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 14, 2012, 3:00 PM
    Amazon's (AMZN) Prime service has just 3-5M subscribers as of October, fewer than estimated, according to a Bloomberg report. The shares immediately dive nearly 3% on the news, before bouncing a bit. Analysts had estimated the current tally to be around 10M.
    | Feb. 14, 2012, 3:00 PM | Comment!
  • Feb. 8, 2012, 1:18 PM
    Netflix (NFLX -2.6%) slumps after Amazon (AMZN) announces its anticipated Prime Video deal with Viacom (VIA, VIAB). The deal adds over 2K titles from cable networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central, and boosts the size of Amazon's library to 15K (Netflix has 20K+). Ryan Lawler believes Prime Video now looks like a real competitor to Netflix, but thinks a standalone service is needed.
    | Feb. 8, 2012, 1:18 PM | 1 Comment
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