Seeking Alpha, Inc. (AMZN)

  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:20 PM
    Nordstrom (JWN +5.6%) begins offering free shipping and returns for all purchases made online. The cost of shipping is seen by many shoppers as a big drawback of shopping online, but free shipping is a risk to store margins. Only a few big-name retailers offer free shipping with no strings attached; Amazon (AMZN) offers it on orders of $25 or more.
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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 2:16 PM
    Dell (DELL) is announcing a public cloud services solution in partnership with VMware (VMW). The service, which puts Dell into more direct competition with Amazon (AMZN) and Rackspace (RAX), allows companies to rent storage and computing capacity on a pay-as-you-go basis. Services were a relatively healthy part of Dell's business in FQ2, growing 6% Y/Y. (previously)
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  • Aug. 29, 2011, 12:58 PM
    Wal-Mart (WMT) has stumbled often in internet retailing, but it has been surprisingly successful in digital movie downloads. A year after buying streaming service Vudu, the operation has become the third most popular such service, placing it ahead of similar offerings from Amazon (AMZN) and Sony (SNE) but still far behind Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).
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  • Aug. 26, 2011, 2:45 PM
    Tablets aren't the only hot market Amazon (AMZN) is trying to attack: the company is ramping its efforts in the daily deals space, targeting customers through a partnership with LivingSocial. Amazon hopes its ability to reach 144M active customers will give it an edge.
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  • Aug. 26, 2011, 11:17 AM
    Amazon's (AMZN) rumored tablet computer will sell for much less than Apple’s (AAPL) $499 entry-level iPad, and could prompt more low-end tablet offerings, NY Post's Garett Sloane writes, citing Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) big TouchPad fire sale. Competitors such as Galaxy Tab (SSNLF), Xoom (MMI) and PlayBook (RIMM) have come to market with pricing comparable to iPad.
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  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:51 AM
    Verizon (VZ) is stepping up its efforts to become a leading player in cloud services: Big Red is acquiring CloudSwitch, a developer of software that makes it easier for companies to move applications to cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure, and Verizon's own Terremark offerings.
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  • Aug. 25, 2011, 9:58 AM
    Amping up its competitive front with Groupon, (AMZN) has opened its local deals site for New York City after a launch in Boise, Idaho and a few dozen other cities.
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  • Aug. 25, 2011, 8:42 AM
    The deadline for preliminary offers in Hulu's auction has reportedly been extended until the end of the week from yesterday in order to give bidders more times to scrutinize the TV website's financial details. Yahoo (YHOO), Google (GOOG) DirecTV (DTV) and Amazon (AMZN) are among those interested.
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  • Aug. 24, 2011, 1:49 PM
    Amazon (AMZN -1.1%) launches daily deals on Kindle ebooks, adding to the firm's presence in the online coupon space as an investor in LivingSocial.
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  • Aug. 23, 2011, 2:51 PM
    Turns out there's a big demand for TouchPads - at $99, now the inventory reduction price of Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) discontinued tablet. But few brands will want to pick up the fight to undercut the iPad (AAPL) - except possibly Amazon (AMZN), which can sell the hardware at a lower price because it's pushing its books, movies and apps - "No other potential [tablet rival] has that kind of leverage."
  • Aug. 23, 2011, 1:17 PM
    The risk trade is on today (equities are surging, gold is down, and long-term Treasurys are slightly lower). And that means high-growth, high-beta Internet and cloud computing stocks are among the day's big winners. AMZN +6.2%. RAX +6%. EQIX +6.6%. BIDU +5.9%. CRM +5.1%. APKT +6.3%. SFLY +8%.
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  • 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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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