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AMZN Earnings: The Crucial Number Not to Forget

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Impressive sales but inconsistent profits have been the story of AMZN earnings the last few years.

Today's (Thursday) Q4 report is no different...

Amazon.com Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AMZN) sales increased 15% compared to last quarter, but profit dropped again from the same period a year ago - just not as much as expected.

Here's the key to Amazon's lack of net income - and how investors can play AMZN stock right now...

Earnings Bonanza in the Stock Market Today: GOOG, AMZN, BABA

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Stock market today, January 29, 2015: U.S. stock futures for Thursday, Jan. 29, forecasted a 33-point gain from yesterday's close. The Dow Jones shed 195 points on Wednesday following a U.S. Federal Reserve statement about interest rates issued at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting.

Today, investors will focus on a busy day of earnings reports that includes quarterly updates from Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA). Additionally stay tuned for earnings reports from these notables: Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAB), Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT).

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

Jeff Bezos Turns 51 Today! And 5 Other Facts About the AMZN Billionaire

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As of Jan. 9, Jeff Bezos' net worth was $27.8 billion according to Forbes. His company Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) - the largest Internet retailer in the U.S. - had a market capitalization of $137.98 billion.

The man Wall Street has come to know is a visionary who doesn't conform to typical big business management. That's evidenced every quarter in the last three years. Amazon continues to post impressive sales numbers, coupled with earnings per share (EPS) losses. The company hasn't turned a profit since 2012. Despite pressure to improve Amazon's bottom line, Bezos steadfastly reinvests the company's massive sales. He hasn't faltered from his strategy of diversification and growth.

Investors are left wondering where the company is headed next and more importantly, when it will turn a profit.

That's why we put together a list of five facts you didn't know about Jeff Bezos. Perhaps the best way to determine where Amazon is headed is a greater of understanding of the man behind its wheel.

The billionaire - who just celebrated his 51st birthday Jan. 12 - is a true original...

Should I Buy Amazon Stock (Nasdaq: AMZN)?

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Mixed data has made "should I buy Amazon stock (Nasdaq: AMZN)" a popular question these days...

The world's top online retailer announced Jan. 5 it sold a record-setting 2 billion-plus items worldwide in 2014. On the other hand, AMZN stock lost 22% in 2014.

Watch Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." for how to play Amazon stock right now...

Keystone Pipeline Vote Will Leave President Obama Nowhere to Hide

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President Barack Obama will be forced to make some kind of decision on the long-delayed Keystone pipeline within the next few weeks.

A Dec. 6 runoff election for a Louisiana Senate seat pushed a Keystone pipeline vote to the top of Washington's "to do" list. Both houses are expected to approve the legislation and send it to President Obama.

At that point, the president will no longer be able to delay a decision.

And he'll feel a lot of pressure to sign a Keystone pipeline bill...

Amazon Local Register Faces New Competition in Mobile Payment Wars (Nasdaq: AMZN)

On Tuesday at its gala event, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) unveiled its mobile payment device, the "Apple Pay." It will compete with Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), which just launched its own swipe-to-pay device, the "Amazon Local Register," in August, and current market leader Square.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of how Local Register, Pay, and Square stack up...

Why Amazon's (Nasdaq: AMZN) $1 Billion Twitch Buy Is Worth Every Penny

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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.

Here’s what you need to know about Twitch – and why it was worth every penny AMZN spent to buy it…

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