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What to Do with Amazon.com's (Nasdaq: AMZN) "No Big Surprises" Earnings Report

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Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) stock surged to finish up 3.87% at close today (Thursday) ahead of its Q1 2014 earnings reveal. Shares continued to rally in after-hours trading, up another 0.8 % around 4:45 p.m. EDT.

"I don't care whether Amazon misses today, I just care that it's the company's status quo," Money Morning Chief Financial Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said. "With Amazon, I'll take anything but no big surprises - only if there's a big surprise will I be concerned."

Fitz-Gerald was keen to watch two areas in the company's release today to hint at Amazon's future profitability: Amazon's shipping model, and its sales.

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5 Reasons Why Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) Prime Price Hike Was Necessary, Reasonable, and Will Boost Amazon Stock (Nasdaq: AMZN)

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Amazon.com stock (Nasdaq: AMZN) stands to get a boost from a move it implemented this morning (Thursday). We'll call it "Operation Prime."

Around 8:30 a.m. EST, Amazon Prime members received the following email, notifying them of a 25% price increase from $79 per year to $99 per year, effective upon membership renewal.

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Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) Stock Drop Is Chance to Buy

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Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) stock has dropped 10% today (Friday) prompting the Nasdaq to implement a short-sale restriction on the stock.

The short-sale restriction is triggered when a stock falls 10% in one trading session from the previous session's closing price. The restriction aims to prevent share-price manipulation by short sellers.

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Today’s Stock Market News And Earnings Calendar

Today's stock market news, Jan. 31: U.S. markets rose on Thursday, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) reported strong earnings, and fourth-quarter GDP increased 3.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 15,848, and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index jumped 1.1% to 1,794. U.S. stock futures were down Friday before the bell after Eurozone inflation levels unexpectedly fell by 0.7%.

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The Most Interesting Companies of 2013

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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.

The four "interesting" companies highlighted by host Stuart Varney: Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR), and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA).

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Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) Stock: Going Higher with New Subscriber Services?

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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.  

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Best Investments 2014: How to Find the Tech Stock Winners

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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."



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Internet Sales Tax is a "Money Grab" and a "Job Killer"

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Supporters of the Internet sales tax continue to pitch it as a "fairness" issue - but experts say the tax would do costly damage to our economic recovery.

The Internet sales tax would allow states to make online retailers collect taxes on purchases. It would replace a 1992 Supreme Court decision that said a state can't force a retailer to collect sales tax unless the retailer has a physical presence in the state.

State and local governments support the bill, claiming they are losing tax revenue under the current system. Several big-box merchants, brick-and-mortar stores, and mom-and-pop shops back the bill, arguing online retailers have an unfair price advantage.

But Illinois Policy Institute's Ted Dabrowski told FOX Business Network's "Varney & Co." this tax wouldn't achieve any of its promises.

"Anybody who tries to pitch this new tax as a fairness tax is not telling the truth," said Dabrowski. "What this really is is a money grab. It's a money grab by states like Illinois, New York, California who don't manage their own budgets and are not fiscally responsible. And it's another Obama tax on the middle class, it's another tax on entrepreneurs, and it's just the wrong thing for our country. It's a job killer."

Dabrowski told host Stuart Varney that Illinois tried taxing the Internet retailers two years ago, but it was a "failure." Dabrowski said the state government expected the tax to raise $150 million, but after three months had only collected $3 million.

That's because online retailers left the state to avoid the tax and set up shop in more business-friendly states. The smaller online retailers had to shut down because of the added expense.

The bill probably sounds familiar. A similar one made the rounds in 2012, but expired.

Now it's on the fast track to get passed, thanks to persistence by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV).

According to a letter sent to Reid from seven U.S. senators, Reid used a procedural maneuver to avoid the typical committee process and rush the Senate's vote on the bill, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act.

It passed a test vote Wednesday 74-23, and could come up for a final vote as early as today (Thursday).

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