Seeking Alpha, Inc. (AMZN)

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 2:56 PM
    Efforts by large-scale cloud providers like Amazon (AMZN -0.4%), Google (GOOG +1.4%) and Lockheed Martin (LMT +0.9%) to land gigantic federal contracts face persistent doubts from government reps sensitive to security. Some agencies are testing small low-risk projects, while cloud advocates mark security concerns as "overblown."
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  • Aug. 22, 2011, 8:19 AM
    The WSJ reports initial bids for Hulu, which recently put itself on sale, are due by Wednesday, with GOOG, YHOO, AMZN, and DTV among the likely bidders. One source puts likely offers in the range of $500M-$2B, but "a person close to Hulu" says its board is hoping the site will sell for "a few billion dollars."
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  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:50 AM
    Amazon (AMZN -4.5%) says deals with CBS and NBC (CMCSA -3.3%) pushed up the tally on its digitial video library to 100K, from 90K. The service varies (or competes?) from AMZN's Netflix-like (NFLX -3.1%) streaming movie service that only boasts 9K titles. The firm's video strategy should clarify when its new tablet launches this fall.
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  • Aug. 17, 2011, 4:19 PM
    Amazon (AMZN) registered an impressive 282M visitors in June, according to comScore's latest ranking of retail and auction sites by traffic. The number of visitors translates into a reach of 20.4% of the world's internet audience, placing AMZN ahead of eBay (EBAY) 16.2%, Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) 11.3% and Apple (AAPL) 9.7%.
  • Aug. 15, 2011, 11:05 AM
    Quick take on Amazon's tablet: Given cross-selling opportunities, Amazon will probably be aggressive in its tablet pricing. However, Amazon has been somewhat conservative in taking losses on Kindle sales; and a closed environment like the Kindle makes it relatively easier to sell content. A price in the $350-$400 range is likely more realistic than $249.
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  • Aug. 15, 2011, 11:04 AM
    Could Amazon (AMZN) put a dent into the iPad's tablet dominance? Analyst Tim Bajarin thinks the company could profitably sell its Android tablet for as little as $249, well below the $499 price tag for the cheapest iPad. Bajarin sees hardware losses at a $249 price offset by sales of videos, songs, books, cloud storage, and other content.
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  • Aug. 11, 2011, 10:52 AM
    Amazon's (AMZN +2.4%) new Kindle Cloud Reader, which lets Kindle users read their e-books on web browsers and increases the number of places they can access digital content, allows it to sell digital books without sharing revenue with Apple (AAPL +2.2%), which typically requires a 30% cut of content delivered through apps distributed via its online store.
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  • Aug. 10, 2011, 5:20 PM
    As NFLX, AMZN, GOOG, and AAPL try to grow their online video businesses, the risk-averse mindset of Hollywood studios remains a stumbling block. Disney (DIS) CEO Bob Iger says his company is comfortable licensing older content to Netflix, but plans to "make access to newer programming more difficult" for those not subscribed to pay-TV services.
  • Aug. 8, 2011, 1:58 PM
    comScore estimates U.S. retail e-commerce sales rose 14% Y/Y in Q2 to $37.5B. By contrast,'s (AMZN) North American sales grew 51% Y/Y in Q2 to $5.4B. These numbers demonstrate both the extent of Amazon's market share gains, and how much share is left for the company to take in a market that isn't done growing.
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  • Aug. 4, 2011, 1:41 PM
    Electronics store chain hhgregg (HGG) loses 12.6% after reporting FQ1 revenue of $431.5M (-1% Y/Y) and EPS of -$0.02, below a consensus of $478.1M and $0.01. Same-store sales fell 13.2%. William Blair had previously singled out hhgregg as being particularly at risk of losing market share to Amazon (AMZN). Rival BBY is down 5.3%.
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  • Aug. 4, 2011, 8:52 AM
    Warner Bros. (TWX), which hasn't been keen on working with Netflix (NFLX), is rolling out Flixster Collections, a portal for online video watching and sharing that can tie into users' Netflix, Amazon (AMZN), iTunes (AAPL), and Hulu accounts. Netflix's lack of U.S. social media support (due to regulatory concerns) has been seen as a weakness.
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  • Aug. 3, 2011, 3:45 PM
    The IT world's "bring your own device" trend has received plenty of attention; less has been given to the "bring your own app" trend, in which employees take the initiative to leverage cloud business apps. Platforms such as Salesforce's (CRM) and Amazon's (AMZN) EC2 will benefit by providing the infrastructure for many of these apps.
  • Aug. 3, 2011, 11:31 AM
    U.S. state and local governments this year will lose at least $10B in sales taxes not collected by internet retailers, and Amazon (AMZN) is working hard to keep it that way. Credit Suisse estimates that if Amazon were forced to collect sales taxes in all states, it would lose as much as $653M in sales this year, or 1.4% out of an estimated $45.5B in revenue.
  • Aug. 3, 2011, 10:19 AM
    Jeffries' Peter Misek claims Apple (AAPL) is working on a subscription-based streaming service to compete with Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), and believes the company has unannounced streaming deals with numerous studios. CFO Peter Oppenheimer hinted at new iTunes video content arriving during Apple's FQ3 CC.
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  • Aug. 2, 2011, 4:20 PM
    More on CBS' Q2 results: Revenue growth driven by 21% Y/Y increase in content licensing & distribution revenue, and 12% increase in affiliate & subscription fees. Advertising revenue rose only 2.6% Y/Y. CBS has struck licensing deals this year with Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN). CBS now unchanged AH. (PR)
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  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:11 PM
    Consumer spending may be anemic in a macroeconomic sense, but Time Magazine notes three companies still stand out with surprisingly brisk sales. Economic downturn? Don't say that to the loyal customers at Amazon (AMZN -1.4%), Expedia (EXPE -2.1%) and Starbucks (SBUX -1.6%) who keep coming back for more and more.
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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 offerselectronic devices like Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States