|Bid||1,746.00 x 800|
|Ask||1,746.41 x 800|
|Day's Range||1,735.71 - 1,748.29|
|52 Week Range||1,307.00 - 2,035.80|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.52|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||77.41|
|Earnings Date||Jan 29, 2020 - Feb 3, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||2,167.56|
Long-time Berkshire Hathaway shareholder Bill Smead is just fine with Warren Buffett sitting on billions in cash. Here's why.
On-time delivery rates fell for Amazon.com Inc van drivers during the week ended Dec. 7, when the world's top online retailer was slammed with record Cyber Monday orders and regional winter storms, consulting firm ShipMatrix said on Wednesday. Amazon van drivers delivered 93.7% of U.S. packages on time during Cyber Monday week, down from 98.2% during the prior week that included Thanksgiving, ShipMatrix said. This holiday season is a crucial test for Amazon's in-house delivery operations.
United Natural Foods Inc. stock fell 26.5% on Wednesday, en route to its largest-ever one-day percentage decline, after concerns were raised at CFRA about the permanent loss of the Whole Foods contract. Whole Foods Market is part of the Amazon.com Inc. portfolio. "[I]f United Natural's contract with Whole Foods doesn't get renewed by 2025, United Natural's share price could plummet," wrote CFRA's Arun Sundaram in a note. United Natural reported a fiscal first-quarter earnings miss during the Wednesday premarket. United Natural shares are down 45.4% over the past year while the S&P 500 index is up 19%.
E-commerce giant Amazon is beefing up its grocery capabilities in local rival Kroger's backyard, expanding grocery delivery to Cincinnati.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The sixth and final season of the HBO comedy show “Silicon Valley” — which concluded, sadly, on Sunday — begins with a speech.Richard Hendricks, the chief executive officer of Pied Piper, the internet company he started five seasons earlier, is testifying before a Senate committee alongside executives from Facebook, Google, Amazon and, of course, Hooli, run by Hendricks’s archnemesis Gavin Belson. The hearing is about data privacy.When it’s Hendricks’s turn to speak, he gets up from his seat on the panel and starts pacing (“I just think better on my feet”), grabbing a bulky microphone box so the senators can hear him. Thomas Middleditch, who plays Hendricks, is a master of physical comedy, and the image of him walking back and forth with a big microphone box under his arm is hilarious. But what he’s saying isn’t remotely comical:These people up here — you want to rein them in. But you can’t. Facebook owns 80% of mobile social traffic. Google owns 92% of search. And Amazon Web Services is bigger than their next four competitors combined. … They track our every move. They monitor every moment in our lives. And they exploit our data for profit. You can ask them all the questions you want, but they’re not going to change. They don’t have to. These companies are kings and they rule over kingdoms far larger than any nation in human history. They won. We lost.For the previous five seasons, “Silicon Valley,” which was created by Mike Judge — the same man who gave us “Beavis and Butt-Head” and “Office Space” — had gleefully skewered the inanities and pretensions of the tech industry. Who can forget Judge’s eccentric venture capitalist Peter Gregory (said to be based on Peter Thiel) inspecting the sesame seeds on the burger buns arrayed on his desk (all bought from Burger King) and realizing that a shortage of said seeds was on the horizon — and that he could make a killing in the sesame seed market?Or the time the pompous stoner Erlich Bachman, whose house is “incubating” Pied Piper, goes to a private dinner claiming to be a “pescapescatarian” — “one who eats solely fish who eat other fish” — and all the other tech execs decide they want to be pescapescatarians, too.Or, in perhaps the single greatest line in the entire series, the ruthless, platitude-happy Belson, warning of a coming “datageddon,” tells his executives that Hooli’s compression algorithm has to beat Pied Piper’s. After all, he explains, “I don’t want to live in a world where someone else makes the world a better place better than we do.”(1)But as Hendricks’s speech suggests, this season felt a little different. Having mocked everything from companies that viewed revenue as a distraction to billionaires comparing their treatment to Holocaust victims, “Silicon Valley” seemed this season to turn its attention to more pressing matters. The short, seven-episode final season had its share of gags and funny lines, but it also seemed to me that Judge and his fellow showrunner, Alec Berg, wanted to point out not just what was inane and pretentious about tech culture but what was wrong with it.In the second episode for instance, Hendricks finds out that a contractor is using an internet game he created to collect data from Pied Piper’s customers — something the CEO has vowed his company would never do. When he tries to get rid of the contractor by collecting some of the conversations he has taped, the man instead plays them for his board — who are impressed with his gaming software’s ability to mine data.In the next episode, a sleazy billionaire offers Hendricks $1 billion for Pied Piper. Why? Because he wants to use it to sell data he will collect from the company’s customers. Hendricks turns him down, intent on creating a “new, democratic, decentralized internet” where the bad behavior of Big Tech “will be impossible.” That, he believes, is the only viable workaround to such problems as monopoly behavior and privacy violations. (The billionaire then buys the contractor’s gaming company.)But the high point of the season comes in the fifth episode, when Belson, who has been tossed out of Hooli (Pied Piper bought it), realizes that he can create a new persona by promoting ethics in the tech industry. “Tethics,” he calls it. Pretty soon he has every tech titan in the valley signing on to his “tethics pledge” and contributing money that will allow Belson to build the “Belson Institute of Tethics.”It turns out that every banal line in the tethics pledge was plagiarized from the mission statements of Applebee’s, Starbucks and other companies. Thus do Judge and Berg dispense with the hollow promises of Facebook and others to do better whenever they are called out on some new example of, well, untethical behavior. As Odie Henderson, a coder-turned-critic who recapped “Silicon Valley” for Vulture, put it recently, “Tech goodness is a naive fantasy.”Needless to say, the crew at Pied Piper fail spectacularly in its attempt to create a new democratic internet. In the final episode, filmed partly as a documentary a decade in the future, Hendricks, now the Gavin Belson professor of ethics in technology at Stanford, is asked whether he thinks Pied Piper made the world a better place.“I think we did OK,” he says wistfully. Judge and Berg, on the other hand, did better than that. For six too-brief seasons, they did indeed succeed in making the world a better place.(1) Mocking the phrase “making the world a better place” was a “Silicon Valley” preoccupation. See here, for instance.To contact the author of this story: Joe Nocera at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Niemi at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Joe Nocera is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering business. He has written business columns for Esquire, GQ and the New York Times, and is the former editorial director of Fortune. His latest project is the Bloomberg-Wondery podcast "The Shrink Next Door."For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
AWS' complaint paints a picture of an acquisition flawed by a list of alleged procurement errors designed to reach a predetermined outcome. The $10 billion question is, will the court see it that way?
Billionaire Ken Fisher is in hot water because of his sexual comments at a financial services conference. Fisher is known for his prestigious Forbes column, titled “Portfolio Strategy”, which he has been writing since 1984, which makes him the longest-running columnist in the publication’s history. He also has written 11 books, four of which became New […]
Amazon wants to invest in Deliveroo to gain a larger stake in the fast-growing restaurant delivery business.
No matter how jilted Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) might feel about JEDI, CEO Jeff Bezos appears ready to bring his blandest to any stage. For example three days before company lawyers dropped the biting critique of the Department of Defense's procurement process, Bezos continued to make mild statements at the annual defense forum at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. “My view is that if big tech is turning their back on the Department of Defense, this country is in big trouble,” he said to a crowd who likely heard it before.
Amazon Prime members still have nearly two weeks to have purchases delivered while non-Prime shoppers only have a few more days for free delivery.
Amazon.com Inc van drivers' on-time delivery rate declined in the week of record Cyber Monday orders, as severe winter weather strained the U.S. shipping network, consulting firm ShipMatrix said on Wednesday. Amazon drivers had an on-time rate of 93.7% for the Cyber Monday week ended Dec. 7, down from 98.2% during the Thanksgiving week ended Nov. 30, according to ShipMatrix. This holiday season is a crucial test for Amazon's in-house delivery operations that trace back to 2013, when an unexpected surge in Amazon packages swamped shippers, delayed gifts and prompted the Seattle company to take control of delivering merchandise to people's homes.
Home prices in the neighborhoods where Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is setting up its second headquarters dipped to below pre-HQ2 prices for the first time since the company made the announcement just over a year ago. The median sale price for all home types in the HQ2 ZIP code, Arlington's 22202, for the month of November was $507,500 — a 12% drop from media prices in November 2018 and about $300,000 lower than what homes sold for in October — according to data provided by MarketStats by ShowingTime, based on listing activity from Bright MLS. The last time prices were this close to half a million dollars was in September of 2018, when Arlington was still just on the short list of 20 cities for Amazon's HQ with D.C. and Montgomery County.
Amazon (AMZN) strengthens competitive position in the video streaming market with broadcasting rights of European soccer Champions League matches in Germany.
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.European shoppers who waited until now to buy the latest Echo voice speakers for Christmas are out of luck. And not even a Prime membership can help them.Amazon.com Inc.’s new generation of Alexa devices has sold out in parts of Europe and won’t be available again until the new year, according to the retailer’s websites in various countries. The same thing happened last year when various models became unavailable in North America and Europe the week before the holiday.While “sellout” headlines can generate buzz for new products, highlighting how a hot product is flying off the shelves, the Echo speakers are an important part of Amazon’s sales strategy. The relatively modestly priced devices are seen as a way to rope users into the company’s ecosystem of products, and they face rising competition from other traditional leading consumer electronics brands, such as Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.Customers trying to order third-generation Echo speakers on the U.K. website on Wednesday were told that they won’t be able to receive their order until sometime between Dec. 25 and Jan. 2, depending on the color. A listing for the Echo Dot, a hockey-puck-sized speaker that sells for 24.99 pounds ($32.85), said it’s out of stock until Dec. 20 or later.French, Spanish and German shoppers looking for an Echo are out of luck until January. The Dot appears to be back in stock a few days before Christmas, but won’t necessarily make it to the proper destination before the holiday.The beefed-up Echo Studio, a higher-end speaker aimed at music lovers that retails for 190 pounds in Britain, is also out of stock until the new year in those markets. The Echo Show, which has a video screen, is still in stock.Read more about the new line of Alexa devices here.A spokesman for Amazon didn’t have an immediate comment.Echo speakers are still available in the U.S. and customers can find some in Europe from third-party retailers. \--With assistance from Natalia Drozdiak, Rodrigo Orihuela and Helene Fouquet.To contact the reporter on this story: Amy Thomson in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Giles Turner at email@example.com, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon Music today released its brand-new mini-documentary, titled Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of "All I Want for Christmas Is You," diving deep into the origin of the groundbreaking holiday song from the multi-GRAMMY-award-winning artist. The mini-documentary, created in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her album, Merry Christmas, features interviews with Mariah, producer Randy Jackson, and additional insiders sharing their take on the global, cultural phenomenon that continues to climb higher on the charts each year. Amazon Music’s Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now available to stream globally here, and on the singer’s Amazon gift guide for the holidays in the U.S., featuring a selection of her favorite items found here.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- It’s the worst nightmare of supermarkets and food delivery firms alike: Amazon.com Inc. turbocharging its grocery business with a network of couriers who can have grub on your doorstep within an hour.So you can see why Britain’s competition regulator has decided to challenge the e-commerce giant’s planned investment in Deliveroo, the U.K. rival to UberEats. The Competition and Markets Authority needs to tread carefully, though, as denying the funds to Deliveroo might inadvertently make it less able to compete in the food delivery business. That would be an unfortunate outcome.Back in May, Deliveroo announced a $575 million funding round led by Amazon. On Wednesday, the CMA determined that the investment might hurt competition in U.K. food delivery. It has given the companies five days to offer remedies, and it will launch a deeper probe if they don’t.The CMA’s concerns are warranted. While Amazon shuttered its British restaurant delivery operations last year, it remains interested in the market. The Deliveroo investment is a way of staying in the game; the American company is no doubt interested in the British business’s tens of thousands of riders. The two are also rivals in grocery deliveries, so forging a closer alliance would discourage them from competing. That’s a risk for delivery rival Ocado Group Plc and supermarket chains such as J Sainsbury Plc and Tesco Plc.A lengthy CMA investigation might be a problem, though, because of Deliveroo’s pressing capital requirements. A probe probably wouldn’t complete until the second quarter of next year, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Aitor Ortiz. By then Deliveroo will have waited a year to receive its investment. If previous form is a guide, it needs that money. In 2018 Deliveroo burned through almost 200 million pounds ($263 million) of cash. If it has been spending at a similar clip this year, it might be nearing the bottom of its pile.There are plenty of remedies that might be acceptable to the CMA: An assurance from Amazon that it won’t try to buy Deliveroo for five years; a pledge not to integrate delivery services; and Amazon refraining from taking a board seat. If such concessions remove Amazon’s rationale for the investment, then it should back out. At least that would give Deliveroo an earlier opportunity to find different funding.The CMA will have one eye on what happened recently in the German food delivery market, where Takeaway.com NV acquired the local businesses of Delivery Hero SE, giving it more than 90% market share. But it can afford a degree of lenience in this case. It could still block any merger, should that materialize. Delaying Deliveroo’s access to funds would probably hold the company back in its market scrap with UberEats and Just Eat Plc.Regulators have been poor at anticipating the market-cornering impact of deals in the past, most famously Facebook Inc.’s acquisition of Instagram and Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of DoubleClick. Scrutinizing Amazon is right and proper, and a commitment not to integrate Deliveroo’s courier network would be a fair condition. But unless a full merger is on the table, the CMA mustn’t overdo things.To contact the author of this story: Alex Webb at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Boxell at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Alex Webb is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Europe's technology, media and communications industries. He previously covered Apple and other technology companies for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.