Yeah! those guys are as phony as all those phony Washington corruption bashers when we all know there is not even a smidgen of corruption in Washington. (for all those liberals who think this is a serious post; it's not!!)
Buying Radio Shack would be so far from Amazon's approach to marketing that I think you can be pretty confident in your conclusion no matter what drg_39 says.
Now is not a good time to do anything with AMZN. It is in a consolidation mode for the last Four days and appears to have hid bottom yesterday at 1:30pm. Since then it has made two higher high and higher low cycles and is working on the third. If it goes above $333 without going below $328.79 it will have completed it's third cycle indicating an uptrend has been established and buying puts will not be wise.
If you are betting on that you only have a 10% chance of winning according to Bollinger Band theory. The lower Bollinger band is at $327.
Yes that is part of the positive cash flow but suppliers are glad to make the sale because they always get paid eventually.
The lower Bollinger band is at $326 and Amazon has only traded below that band on 8 days this year and even then it was not far below. If you prefer 40 thieves to Jeff Bezos then go ahead and shift but don't threaten us with a "big drop".
AMZN investors are use to this sort of thing and don't sell just because of a 4% drop. Volume is just slightly above normal and, considering the 2.8 million shares that traded at the open, the rest of the day was below normal volume. The lower Bollinger Band is at $320 so there is still some room to go lower.
The 99 cents only applies if you sign up for a two year contract with AT&T. That will cost far more than $199. If I know Bezos (and I don't) he will get compensated by AT&T for the promotion.
GAAP (generally accepted accounting principals) is the basis for establishing profit and they distort the true picture because they are too conservative and don't include the total picture. Cash flow is a nice factor but also misses the total picture. You will do better if you pay attention to both. In the final analysis a stock is worth what you can sell it for.
One "system" that works better when more people are involved is "buy low sell high". Take AMZN for example. With a P/E around 500 it fluctuates wildly because all owners bought hoping to sell higher. All you have to do is guess when it is low and high. Your guess is as good as any of the other speculators.
President Roosevelt issued an executive order that allows dead Democrats to cast two votes each provided the votes are for Democrats. It got him elected for a third term.
AT&T already pays 1% more than VZ. Now it will just be .8% more until January when T will, as usual, raise the dividend a penny or two.
The entire Service Sector is up and AMZN is in that sector. I suppose your next question will be "why is the service sector up". Probably because of all the talk of increasing the minimum wage they think people will have more money to spend. They forget about all the jobs that will be lost. That will come later and the sector will come back down.
Those are stocks who's technology has been replaced. Amazon is a pioneer in a growing technology. Bezos is a genius in innovation. As long as he is around there will be no "demise". He is now only 50 so has many years ahead. Stick around, enjoy the Rollo coaster ride.