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Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)
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Emcee:  Glenn Petersen Type:  Moderated
Amazon.com, 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.

This board has been created for the purpose of discussing Amazon.com’s stock price, financial prospects and actual results, the merits of its business model, the amazon.com experience and Internet retail websites in general. It is neither a Bulls nor a Bears board and all opinions are welcome.

The board is moderated and my expectation is that everyone will be civil to one another. Pretend that your mother is reading the board and that she knows your virtual handle. No name calling and please avoid engaging in political commentary unless it has a specific bearing on Amazon.com.

SEC filings: sec.gov

Amazon’s Investor Relations page: phx.corporate-ir.net








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163886Meet America’s newest military giant: Amazon technologyreview.comJulius Wong1Thursday
163885Amazon bull says don't buy before earnings Jefferies warns investors not toJulius Wong-Tuesday
163884Amazon Takes U.S. Search Ad Share From Google Glenn Petersen1Tuesday
163883seekingalpha.com Chart shows 50 DMA just crossed the 200 DMA in death cross modrogermci®-Tuesday
163882An excellent article, worth posting in full: Is Amazon Unstoppable? |PoliticiaGlenn Petersen1Tuesday
163881[tweet]SI Ron (Soup Nazi)1Monday
163880Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan theatlantic.comJulius Wong1last Saturday
163879Is Amazon Unstoppable? newyorker.comJulius Wong1last Saturday
163878seems like federal express was way ahead of amazon and cut ties early.John Carragher2October 11
163877Amazon Is Firing Its Delivery Firms Following People's Deaths More than 2,0Glenn Petersen1October 11
1638762:25 PM EDT * MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE ANNOUNCES NEW ACQUISITION IN THE INDIANAPOLISr K-October 10
163875Homeland Security moves its biometric database to the cloud in another win for AGlenn Petersen-October 4
16387410/4 Amazon.Com To Redeem 2.600% Notes Due December 5, 2019Sr K-October 4
163873GM to Make Alexa Available on Model Year 2018 and Newer Cars, Trucks and CrossovSirWalterRalegh1September 25
163872Headline news GM to Make Alexa Available on Model Year 2018 and Newer Cars, TruSr K-September 25
163871WSJ 9/23/2019 at the Emmys Amazon’s darkly comic character study “Fleabag” eaSr K1September 23
163870Report: Walmart and Oracle among secret funders behind ‘grassroots’ campaign to Glenn Petersen2September 22
163869WSJ A ‘Grass Roots’ Campaign to Take Down Amazon Is Funded by Amazon’s Biggest Sr K1September 20
163868AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon EC2 G4 Instances press.aboutamazon.JakeStraw1September 20
1638679/19/2019 1:52 PM ET 09/19/2019 Amazon to Add 100,000 Electric Vehicles as ParSr K1September 19
163866IMO -a future Amazon given. Increasing consumer cost to use the Prime feature. richardred-September 18
163865Amazon reportedly tweaked its search results to promote more profitable productsGlenn Petersen1September 16
163864Amazon Probed by U.S. Antitrust Officials Over Marketplace The FTC is interviewGlenn Petersen-September 11
163863New twitch ad on Amazon.com homescreen for TV Stick.Sr K-September 9
163862RBC analyst Mark Mahaney, who also reiterated his bullish outperform rating, saiSr K-September 3
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