1,829.02 +5.48 (0.30%)
Pre-Market: 9:08AM EDT
|Bid||1,825.51 x 1100|
|Ask||1,827.86 x 1200|
|Day's Range||1,815.27 - 1,829.48|
|52 Week Range||1,307.00 - 2,050.50|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.58|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||75.65|
|Earnings Date||Oct 23, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||2,261.27|
Billionaire and Republican donor Stephen Ross said it was “tremendously” a mistake for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to oppose Amazon HQ2.
Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro runs through today's top headlines.
(AMZN) – Amazon today announced that AmazonFresh has expanded to three new cities: Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Beginning today, Prime members in those cities can shop tens of thousands products from meat and seafood to fresh produce and everyday essentials for free two-hour delivery from AmazonFresh.
Brazil’s nationalist president Jair Bolsonaro has claimed non-governmental organisations may be responsible for burning down the Amazon rainforest as the wildfires raging across the region prompted an outpouring of anger at his stewardship of the environment. “On the question of burning in the Amazon, which in my opinion may have been powered by NGOs because they lost money, what is the intention? To bring problems to Brazil,” Mr Bolsonaro said.
in an attempt to stamp out surveillance of European citizens. The European Commission is planning regulation that will give EU citizens explicit rights and limit “indiscriminate” use of facial recognition technology by companies and public authorities, senior officials told the FT.
(Bloomberg) -- ActBlue, the online money machine, was designed to fuel Democratic politics through small-dollar donations. But it turns out that chief executive officers, lawyers and other deep-pocketed donors like the convenience of a one-click stop to max out on contributions in the presidential nomination contest.While two-thirds of the money flowing through the platform came from millions of donations in amounts of $200 or less, thousands of contributors used ActBlue to give candidates the maximum amount allowed, Federal Election Commission data shows. That made the organization a conduit for the big donors and bundlers whose influence it says it wants to reduce.“We certainly should not expect a major change in the types of people who give to campaigns just because there’s a more convenient way of doing so,” said Matt Grossmann, a political scientist at Michigan State University.Launched in 2004 in part to battle the influence of big money in politics, ActBlue is for the first time the main fundraising tool for each of the Democratic presidential campaigns.ActBlue’s mission is to make it easier for individuals to contribute to candidates and causes, and it’s processed a total of $3.7 billion in that time. Of the $212 million that the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates collectively raised through the second quarter of 2019, about 75% came through ActBlue.Executive director Erin Hill said in an email that ActBlue’s average donation in 2019 is $32.99. “Our mission has always been about empowering small-dollar donors and grassroots giving,” she said.Yet the ease of using ActBlue to contribute has appeal well beyond small-dollar donors, as is apparent in the FEC data.Although campaigns have touted the online donations they’ve received from public schoolteachers, Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers and Walmart Inc. employees, donors identifying themselves as lawyers gave more money -- $9.9 million -- than those specifying any other occupation.Top executives gave more money, $1.7 million, than nurses, who gave $1.4 million. They included Joshua Bekenstein, co-chairman of Bain Capital Inc., Seth Klarman of the Baupost Group LLC and Ralph Schlosstein of Evercore Partners, along with heads of much smaller firms and some nonprofit organizations.Klarman gave $5,600 -- $2,800 for both the primaries and the general election -- to Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet using ActBlue, while Schlosstein used the platform to give $2,800 to Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Klobuchar, and $5,600 to Bennet. Bekenstein gave $2,800 to Klobuchar.“The wealthiest donors also want to be able to make a donation with one click,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which studies the role of money in the political process.Krumholz says that most of the Democratic field is trying to gather as many donations as possible from small-dollar donors, while also maximizing outreach to major donors. The notable exceptions are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom have sworn off fundraisers with deep-pocketed contributors.Most candidates’ ActBlue numbers reflect the dual strategy. A little more than a third of the presidential campaign donations came from addresses with zip codes where mean household income is in the top 20% – about $214,000 in 2016, the most recent year for which tax data is available. Those with an average income of around $59,000 provided 29%.Through June, 44% of Buttigieg’s donors using ActBlue came from zip codes in the top income group, the highest proportion among candidates who have raised more than $10 million. Kamala Harris was second, at 42%, followed by Biden at 38% and O’Rourke at 37%. That’s in sharp contrast to Sanders, who got 43% of his contributions from addresses in middle income areas. Just 17% of his contributions came from top income areas.Warren, who announced that she was abstaining from big-dollar fundraising in February, also got the biggest share, 31%, of her money from the middle income group, while those living in zip codes in the top income areas gave 29%. Her biggest support came from the group between the two, who donated 33% of her total.In the 10 most generous zip codes, a little more than 1,500 donors giving $1,000 or more accounted for 56% of the total. More than 60,000 small-dollar donors combined to give 30%.Among the big givers were Mark Gallogly and Jeffrey Aronson of Centerbridge Partners, Andy Spahn, a Los Angeles-based Democratic bundler, and Daniel Cruise, the chief public affairs officer at Juul Labs Inc. All earmarked their contributions to presidential candidates through ActBlue.ActBlue has drawn in some very small-dollar donations – nearly 10% came in amounts of $3 or less, in part fueled by candidates’ need to add 130,000 unique donors to qualify for the debate in Houston next month. Some $2 million of those minimal donations went to Sanders, who has the highest number of unique donors.Grossmann says that Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist, is enjoying the benefits of the broad, small-dollar donor base he built in 2016, but he’s seeing far less than other candidates from traditional donors.Krumholz said ActBlue has had the biggest effect on campaigns like those of Warren and Sanders, who can forgo the time-consuming process of raising money from smaller numbers of donors by relying on the online platform. She added that she isn’t persuaded that it’s changed the makeup of donors.“It’s simply a mechanism that both candidates and donors find useful,” she said.To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Allison in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at email@example.com, Wendy Benjaminson, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
British tech firms brought in a record amount of funding in the first seven months of 2019, and over half was from the U.S. and Asia.
Amazon (AMZN) today announced 150 tools and services have been launched since the beginning of the year to help independent small and medium-sized businesses grow their sales in Amazon’s stores. Tools like Sold by Amazon help sellers manage the pricing of their products in Amazon’s stores, while fulfillment tools like Target Inventory Levels allow sellers to better manage their Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) inventory and, in turn, increase sales.
U.S. stock futures turn slightly higher Thursday; Dick's Sporting Goods and Salesforce.com report earnings; Donald Trump slams Ford for backing an agreement with California to lower emission standards.
Amazon.com Inc's next original series will take viewers to "Carnival Row," a lavish Victorian-era fantasy world where mythical creatures are forced from their homeland and must live uneasily alongside humans. The eight-episode drama stars Cara Delevingne as a refugee fairy opposite Orlando Bloom, who plays a human detective trying to solve a string of gruesome killings in the area. The series was filmed in Prague on a set that Bloom said was as detailed as some of the blockbuster movies he had worked on, including "The Lord of the Rings" series.
At the Credo “clean beauty” store in San Francisco’s upscale Pacific Heights neighbourhood, McKenzie Hunt is racking up sales. “Shade matching is like my superpower — to match anyone,” said Ms Hunt, a make-up artist and store manager. Ms Hunt is chatting to a client in Boston, and their conversation is taking place on an iPad.
Australia's second-biggest grocer Coles Group Ltd warned on Thursday it may struggle to grow sales because of competition for consumers from a wildly popular children's toy promotion offered by its bigger rival. The tepid sales outlook came as the supermarket group posted a drop in full-year profit, but investors took it in their stride and sent its shares higher as the company also announced a special dividend. Coles warned that sales next year could be hurt as its popular "Little Shop" promotional programme - where it gives away pint-size replicas of grocery items with purchases of more than A$30 - faces increased competition from a similar give-away programme of larger Woolworths Group Ltd.
It's August 2019, and we are on the eve of a streaming TV gold rush that will forever change the global entertainment landscape.To be sure, the linear to internet TV shift has been playing out for the past decade. But, from essentially 2010 to 2019, there have really only been three viable streaming TV services -- Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime Video, and Hulu -- all of which cost a very cheap ~$10 per month.As such, contrary to what the headlines will lead you to believe, cord-cutters have been the exception. Most households in the U.S. have a Netflix subscription. Most households also still pay for cable TV. In other words, the consumption shift from linear to internet TV in the 2010's has been defined largely by consumers bundling pay TV packages and streaming services together -- not by wholesale cord-cutting.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat's about to change in 2020. A plethora of new streaming TV services are going to launch in late 2019 and 2020. Most of these streaming TV services project to be really good. Pretty much all of them will feature exclusive content.The introduction of these new services will truly kick-start the cord-cutting trend. By 2025, I don't think many households in the U.S. will be paying for cable TV. Instead, I think most households will bundle together several streaming packages at a cost that's similar to what they paid for cable, but with a lot more content and enhanced convenience. Deloitte agrees, saying that as early by the end of 2020, 20% of adults in developed economies will be paying for 10 digital media subscription services. * 10 Marijuana Stocks That Could See 100% Gains, If Not More What's the investment implication here? Buy streaming TV stocks. The streaming TV gold rush that will play out in the 2020's will create a rising tide that will lift most boats in this segment. Streaming TV Stocks to Buy: Netflix (NFLX)Source: Riccosta / Shutterstock.com Streaming Service(s): NetflixIndustry pioneer and leader Netflix is widely seen as a big loser with the oncoming onslaught of competitive streaming TV services from the rest of the media industry.But, this fear seems overstated to me. Netflix will be just fine. As mentioned earlier, the norm by 2025 will be multiple streaming TV subscriptions per household. Probably somewhere around four to five. An over-the-top complete TV package like YouTube TV or AT&T TV will likely be one of them, since consumers still have huge demand for live TV. That leaves three to four open spots. So, when all is said and done, all Netflix needs to be is a top three to four streaming service.Netflix will inevitably be that. The core value prop of Netflix is the original content. Original content streaming hours as a percent of total streaming hours on Netflix has risen from 14% in January 2017, to 24% in October 2017 to 37% in October 2018. Bears will say that the bulk of viewing hours are still allocated for licensed content. I'd argue that the trend implies that by the time Netflix loses its licensed content (2020/21), the percent of viewing hours dedicated to original content will be north of 50%.Thus, contrary to what the bears will have you believe, the original content strategy is working here. Netflix subscribers are watching more and more Netflix originals, and they are liking them, too (a hefty portion of Netflix originals score really well on IMDb). This strategy will continue to work for the foreseeable future. Netflix has huge data and resource advantages. They have more viewership data than anyone else in this space, and they also spend more money on content than anyone else.Net net, Netflix will be just fine in the wake of intensified streaming TV competition. The platform will continue to add subs at a record rate during the streaming TV gold rush of the early 2020's, and NFLX stock will march higher. Disney (DIS)Source: ilikeyellow / Shutterstock.com Streaming Service(s): Disney+ (launching November 2019), ESPN+ and HuluPerhaps the one company that investors and consumers are most excited about with regards to its streaming TV market entry is global media giant Disney (NYSE:DIS).Streaming TV isn't brand new for Disney. The company launched EPSN+, a streaming extension of ESPN, in 2018. The company has also long held a stake in streaming platform Hulu, and now owns the entire service. But, those two services pale in comparison to the forthcoming launch of Disney's branded streaming service and true competitor to Netflix -- Disney+.Disney+ will do really well. As stated in the Netflix segment, all Disney+ has to be is a top three to four streaming service to be successful at scale. That means all Disney+ needs is to have a top three to four content library in the streaming TV world. The platform will inevitably have that, given that Disney owns a treasure chest of content dating back several decades and that the company consistently dominates the box office every single year.Further, Disney is offering a package that bundles Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu together. That package should do very well, because it checks off every entertainment type -- great movies with Disney+, live sports with ESPN+ and great shows with Hulu. * 11 Stocks Under $10 to Buy Now Net net, Disney's streaming TV push over the next several years will yield hugely positive results, led by Disney+ turning into one of the biggest streaming TV services in the world. As this happens, DIS stock will naturally rally as cord-cutting headwinds become old news and as profits start marching higher with a consistently robust pace. Apple (AAPL)Source: Shutterstock Streaming Service(s): Apple TV+ (launching November 2019)Another company which both investors and consumers are excited about with regards to its streaming TV market entry in late 2019 is Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).The big story at Apple is pretty simple. Over a decade ago, the genius known as Steve Jobs came up with the iPhone. That small gadget changed the world. Ever since, Apple has sold a ton of iPhones to a ton of consumers everywhere and Apple's revenues, profits and market cap have exploded higher.But, the hardware growth narrative has largely run its course. That is, pretty much everyone who wants a smartphone, already has a smartphone. Thus, Apple is looking for alternative revenue streams to sustain growth in the absence of robust hardware growth.The biggest of these alternative revenue streams? Software. Specifically, because Apple has sold so many iPhones over the past decade-plus, the company has a huge opportunity to monetize the world's largest hardware install base through various subscription software services like a streaming music service, a curated news service, a cloud storage service so on and so forth.The most promising of these services? A streaming TV service dubbed Apple TV+, which is set to launch in November 2019.The big question marks for Apple TV+ revolve around content. Apple hasn't ever produced TV shows or movies before. But, the company has a ton of cash it can spend to attract top talent, and top talent usually makes strong content that consumers are willing to pay for.Thus, given Apple's huge resources, Apple TV+ does project as a top three to four streaming TV service at scale, meaning that Apple TV+ could be set to add tens of millions of subs over the next few years. If so, that software revenue growth bump will provide a lift to AAPL stock. AT&T (T)Source: Lester Balajadia / Shutterstock.com Streaming Service(s): AT&T TV, DirectTV Now and HBO Max (Spring 2020)The dark horse in the streaming TV gold rush is telecom and media giant AT&T (NYSE:T). But, because AT&T's streaming TV potential is presently so understated, I actually think AT&T stock could be one of the biggest winners in the streaming TV gold rush of the early 2020's.The idea here is simple. AT&T -- much like Disney -- has struggled with cord-cutting for the past several years. Those headwinds have kept a lid on AT&T stock. Also much like Disney, AT&T is attempting to remedy those headwinds with a forthcoming big push into the streaming TV arena. AT&T is set to launch both AT&T TV (an over-the-top TV package that is basically cable, but cheaper and in the streaming format) and HBO Max (an HBO-focused streaming service with additional WarnerMedia content) soon.Unlike Disney stock, though, AT&T stock has not benefited from a major uptick over the past few quarters in anticipation of this streaming TV push. This disconnect is an opportunity.Both AT&T TV and HBO Max will be huge. As more streaming services rush to the forefront, consumers will increasingly look to cut the cord. But, they will still want to watch live TV. AT&T TV will allow them to do that, at a fraction of the cost of cable. Thus, AT&T TV will become the de-facto live TV replacement in the streaming world.At the same time, HBO Max is equipped with enough content firepower from HBO and WarnerMedia to compete pound-for-pound with industry heavyweights Netflix, Amazon and Disney. * 7 Stocks the Insiders Are Buying on Sale In total, then, AT&T's streaming TV push over the next few years could be tremendously successfully. Tremendous success on the streaming TV front isn't priced into dirt-cheap AT&T stock today. As such, the potential upside in AT&T stock from the streaming TV gold rush is quite compelling. Roku (ROKU)Source: jejim / Shutterstock.com Streaming Service(s): All of them.When it comes to the streaming TV gold rush, perhaps the best way to play the trend is to buy shares of streaming device maker and service aggregator Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU).Plain and simple -- Roku is becoming the cable box of the streaming TV world. That is, the streaming TV world in 2025 will look a lot like the linear TV world of 2015. There will be a whole bunch of streaming services (which are basically just different "channels"). There will also be a ton of consumers trying to access those streaming services. Thus, there will be an increasing need for someone to step in and act like a cable box -- connecting all that demand to all the supply in seamless manner.Roku does that. They also do it better than anyone else for several reasons. First, they are content neutral, so every service can be accessed without friction and bias. Second, they have the most intuitive UI, which consumers broadly understand and love. Third, they dominate the smart TV market, with one out of every three smart TVs in the U.S. last quarter being a Roku TV. Fourth, their separate set-boxes are dirt cheap.Given these factors, Roku is not just the cable box of the streaming TV world today. But, they project to remain the cable box of the streaming TV world for a lot longer, too. As such, this platform will grow with the entire streaming TV industry for the next several years. All that growth will inevitably push ROKU stock higher in the long run.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long NFLX, AMZN, DIS, T and ROKU. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Marijuana Stocks to Ride High on the Farm Bill * 8 Biotech Stocks to Watch After the Q2 Earnings Season * 7 Unusual, Growth-Oriented REITs to Buy for Your Portfolio The post 5 Streaming Stocks to Buy for the TV Streaming Gold Rush appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (AMZN), announced the general availability of Amazon Forecast, a fully managed service that uses machine learning to deliver highly accurate forecasts based on the same technology that powers Amazon.com. Amazon uses forecasting to make sure that the right product is in the right place at the right time by predicting demand for hundreds of millions of products every day.
Advances in technology can allow you to order food by voice or unlock your phone with your face, but those new capabilities could take a toll on the environment.