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  • Amazon faces tough battles on all sides as sales growth slows

    Aaron Pressman at The Exchange4 mins ago (AMZN) trails far behind in the battle for online video viewers, but the company made a splash Wednesday when it snagged rights to stream many of HBO’s popular shows, including "The Sopranos" and "The Wire." That sent shares of the online video leader, Netflix (NFLX), down more than 5%, but it didn’t help Amazon’s stock price, which fell 1%.

    And so it goes for Amazon, the undisputed leader in global ecommerce. As growth in its basic online marketplace has slowed, CEO Jeff Bezos is looking for new opportunities. But whether it's online video, tablets and phones, or cloud computing services, nothing is coming easy. And a couple of major challenges may hit its core business later this year, too. It could be the end of an era for Amazon shares, which jumped from $50 to $400 in five years but have lost 16% so far this year.

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  • Apple looks bullish into earnings

    Yahoo Finance at The Exchange1 day ago

    Erik Swarts is an independent trader and market technician. He writes the superb and provocative Market Anthropology Blog.

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  • There's no such thing as a "stock picker's market"

    Yahoo Finance at The Exchange2 days ago

    Charlie Bilello, CMT is the director of research at Pension Partners, LLC. He's responsible for strategy development, investment research and communicating the firm's investment themes and porfolio positioning to clients. Follow Charlie's smart Twitter stream here > @MktOutperform.

    One of the most misused and destructive phrases in the investment world is the notion of a “stock picker’s market.” In a relentless uptrending market, investors become highly confident in their ability to pick stocks and almost any name they buy is going “up and to the right.” We saw the most extreme example of this in 2013, which set a record in terms of breadth with 93% of stocks in the S&P 500 finishing positive on the year. Never mind the fact that a blindfolded monkey throwing darts was likely to pick a winning stock last year; most investors came out of 2013 believing they were the next Warren Buffett.

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  • Huge week ahead: Estimize earnings preview for the week of April 21

    Yahoo Finance at The Exchange3 days ago

    is a free open online platform that allows users to contribute their own financial forecasts. By tapping into the wisdom of the crowd, Estimize has created a data set that is more representative of actual market expectations and is more accurate than the traditional Wall Street consensus up to 69.5% of the time.

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