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Emcee:  Glenn Petersen Type:  Moderated, Inc. (stock symbol: AMZN) completed its initial public offering in May 15, 1997, when it raised gross proceeds of $54 million through the sale of 3,000,000 shares of common stock at $18.00 per share, which gave the company a valuation of approximately $440 million. The shares have since been split three times: 2 for 1 on June 2, 1998; 3 for 1 on January 5, 1999; and 2 for 1 on September 2, 1999. The split-adjusted price of the IPO shares is $1.50.

Since its inception, Amazon has become the world’s preeminent and innovative e-commerce retailer. Starting out as an online seller of books, Amazon Marketplace has expanded its product offerings and now accounts for 5% of all retail spending in the United States. According to Slice Intelligence, it captured 43% of all dollars spent online in 2016. It sells private-label goods, merchandise purchased for resale from a wide variety of vendors, as well as merchandise sold on behalf of third-party sellers. Amazon’s e-book reader, the Kindle, dominates the e-reader market. It sells the books of third-party publishers, as well as books acquired and published under the Amazon imprint. Kindle Direct Publishing is an online platform that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store.

Amazon has invested heavily in its logistics and distribution network. It owns a fleet of airplanes and has set the standard for utilizing robotics in its warehouses. It is a pioneer in the development of drones that it plans to use for direct deliveries to its customers.

Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service ($99 per year) that gives Amazon customers access to free two-day shipping, as well as access to unlimited streaming of Amazon’s libraries of movies, television episodes and music; and other services.

It has also become the leader in the cloud computing marketplace through its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division. According to the Synergy Research Group, AWS has a 45% share of the public cloud infrastructure market – more than Microsoft, Google and IBM combined.

Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that connects to a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the name “Alexa.” The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control smart devices, using itself as a home automation hub. Perhaps most importantly, it can be used to order products from Amazon.

Amazon recently made an offer to acquire Whole Foods, an event that may totally disrupt the grocery business.

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163400Bloomberg TV says "Frank" just goes through the alphabet, and F folloSr K-an hour ago
163399They are already showing some of the movies on Amazon Prime and Amazon streamingSr K-Thursday
1633985 Things Amazon Could Do With a Movie Theater Chain If the leading online retailJakeStraw-Thursday
163397Amazon is reportedly considering an insurance comparison website for the UK cnbcJakeStraw-Thursday
163396Amazon in Running to Acquire Landmark Movie Chain By Anousha Sakoui, Nabila ASr K1Thursday
163395Amazon and Microsoft bring Alexa and Cortana to each other's devices Live tGlenn Petersen-Wednesday
163394Amazon disclosed in its latest quarterly report that it now owns $1 billion wortJakeStraw-Wednesday
163393WSJ article on Microsoft Cortana: excerpt Microsoft Is Still Trying to Find CorSr K-Tuesday
163392Amazon is probably most qualified to handle this contract: “Everybody ImmediateGlenn Petersen2Monday
163391Amazon’s advertising profits will surpass its cloud computing income by 2021: PJakeStraw1Monday
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163389Amazon's Alexa Is Shifting From A Clever Gadget To A Money-Making Machine inJakeStraw-August 10
163388Amazon launches an Alexa Auto SDK to bring its voice assistant to more cars techJakeStraw1August 10
163387Its clear that Amazon could offer and deliver anything under the sun but whetherclochard-August 9
163386Against the market, AMZN is about a point and a half from an ATH. +16.82 ATH Sr K-August 8
163385Amazon Prime users can order food from the Prime Now app and then drive to the dJakeStraw-August 8
163384Amazon Spawns Yet Another Sector, Automated Advertising On Amazon forbes.comJakeStraw-August 7
163383Gas stations and travel are the two trillion dollar industries Amazon could disrJakeStraw-August 7
163382The Reality Behind Voice Shopping Hype By Priya Anand The Information Glenn Petersen-August 6
163381Cities’ Offers for Amazon Base Are Secrets Even to Many City Leaders By JulieGlenn Petersen1August 6
163380Arrogant Amazon not being held to account for its tax bill, say MPs Mark BridgLynn-August 4
163379Comcast to launch Amazon Prime Video on Xfinity X1 service later this year on MSr K1August 2
163378Amazon Leads This Online Metric Converting shoppers into buyerGlenn Petersen1August 2
163377Amazon plans to move completely off Oracle software by early 2020 Amazon has beGlenn Petersen1August 1
163376Amazon said in its quarterly report that AWS has at least $16 billion in backlogJakeStraw1August 1
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