Amazon stock (Nasdaq: AMZN) - and its investors - is going to see huge upside from the company's expansion into the exploding gaming industry. The late August purchase of Twitch Interactive made sure of it.
On Monday, Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced it bought Twitch Interactive Inc. - the world's largest gaming arena and the fourth-largest source of all U.S. web traffic - for $970 million. That makes Twitch AMZN's biggest acquisition of all time.
On Wednesday morning, the world's biggest online retailer announced a deal to place a new Amazon HQ (Nasdaq: AMZN) in China's Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) late next month.
A new Amazon HQ in China will allow the company to take on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE: BABA) on its home turf, right around the same time the Alibaba IPO hits U.S. markets.
On Friday, Topeka Capital Markets upgraded its price target on Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) stock to $485.00 per share, another boost for the company that seems to do no wrong of late. The share-price target indicates potential upside of 23.21% from Amazon stock's present value of $396 per share.
Today (Tuesday), Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss whether the most interesting companies of 2013 will make for next year's best investments.
Today (Monday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to tell investors what he sees in retail web giant Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN)'s future.
The big question for Amazon stock in 2014 is if this e-commerce and online retailing giant can keep going to record highs. Amazon stock has gone up 60% this year to about $394 per share.
Today (Thursday), Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss whether the tech companies that are driving the market right now will be among the best investments in 2014.
Robinson believes the growth and earnings of tech companies continue to offer investors what they want - good cash flow and solid earnings. When Varney co-host Charles Payne points out that "Amazon hasn't made a nickel since day one," Robinson counters by saying that "each company has a unique story to tell."
The only retail giant continues to make new highs, yet the company's core business is slowing, and its new "growth" businesses aren't all they are cracked up to be. And with an astronomical P/E - it's in the thousands - right now, Amazon’s massive run may be over.
That's why they joined a $30 million investment round in a small supercomputing startup. The firm is taking a radical new approach to how these processors crunch massive amounts of data.
It's a field that is quickly turning its skeptics into true believers. Then again, cutting-edge tech like quantum computing doesn't come along every day.
No doubt, quantum computing is some pretty complex stuff. So, let me simplify it for you. At its root, quantum computing relies on the high-speed action inside atoms as well as particles of light.
The result is speeds so fast it makes your head spin.
We're talking about computers that could perform some functions millions of times faster than anything that's on the market today.
It's no wonder the nation's top spies and Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos want to get in on the ground floor. Though they didn't say how much each ponied up, both took part in the most recent round of financing for D Wave Systems.
In-Q-Tel, which invests in high tech that supports the CIA, and Bezos Expeditions join a growing list of D Wave investors. Other blue-chip backers include the Business Development Bank of Canada, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS).
D Wave: Quantum Computing's KingpinFounded in 1999, D Wave spent its first five years in discovery mode. By that I mean the small firm was focused on coming up with novel ways to make quantum computing work and then get the patents it needed to protect the moat it was building.
That early attention to detail has clearly paid off. Today, D Wave holds 90 U.S. patents and has roughly 100 more pending around the globe.
Here's the thing. D Wave is founding a whole new sector of the computing industry while making sure it maintains a strong first-mover advantage.
After struggling for years, D Wave is now on a roll.
Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald joined Fox Business' "Varney & Co." Friday to talk about the value in Amazon.com. Keith explained how Amazon.com's Q3 outlook isn't a bad thing.
Keith also shared a stock that he sees outperforming in this economy, and talked about how the GDP numbers highlight the "mess" Washington has created for the U.S. economy.
Watch this accompanying video for Keith's full analysis.
Analysts forecast a sharp increase in revenue, estimating earnings per share of two cents on revenue of $12.92 billion. Sales were up 29%., but net income fell 96% from the same period a year ago.
Weighing on its bottom line was investments in new distribution facilities, a number closely watched because Amazon has a history of reporting strong revenue. The company has been plowing copious amounts of its earnings into building a distribution network to help it more efficiently grow its business long term.
After reporting better-than-expected first-quarter numbers, 41 cents on revenue of $9.91 billion, the Seattle, WA.-based company had expected revenue to fall in the range of $11.9 billion and $13.3 billion.
Pushing the stock down as much as 7% in after-hours trading was the Q3 guidance.
Amazon.com predicted a Q3 operating loss of between $50 million and $350 million, versus Wall Street estimates of income of $119.6 million. Amazon said it expects Q3 revenue of $12.9 to $14.3 billion, which includes the Wall Street estimate of $14.1 billion.
That means Amazon's hot new Kindle e-reader will no longer be found on the shelves of one of the biggest U.S. chain retailers.
The "Showroom Effect" is a phenomenon in which consumers use brick-and-mortar stores to test drive certain products before purchasing them online at a lower price.
This isn't the first shot fired in the war between the world's largest online retailer and the second largest discount retailer in the United States.
The Beef with AmazonRetailers have long complained of Amazon's unfair competitive advantage because the online retailer is exempt from charging state and local sales taxes.
Last spring, Target, along with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY), The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), and other retailers threw their collective weight behind the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a coalition that is leading efforts to change sales-tax laws in more than a dozen states, including Texas and California.
But the sales tax gap is just part of the problem.
During last year's holiday shopping season, Amazon offered 5% discounts up to $5 to "show-rooming" consumers who used the online giant's Price Check mobile app in a physical store-in essence, encouraging the Showroom Effect.
In response, Target sent a letter to its suppliers urging them to help combat the Showroom Effect, either by delivering more in-store exclusive products, or by helping to them to match the prices of Target's online rivals, including Amazon, TigerDirect, Overstock.com Inc. (NasdaqGM: OSTK), and eBay Inc. (NasdaqGS: EBAY).
Even still, retailers like Target have other issues with online competitors like Amazon - such as what happens after the sale.