AMZN - Amazon.com, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
1,908.79
+7.42 (+0.39%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT

1,912.85 +4.06 (0.21%)
After hours: 6:44PM EDT

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Previous Close1,901.37
Open1,907.84
Bid1,909.25 x 900
Ask1,910.25 x 900
Day's Range1,892.62 - 1,919.58
52 Week Range1,307.00 - 2,050.50
Volume2,597,527
Avg. Volume4,323,239
Market Cap939.758B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.73
PE Ratio (TTM)79.69
EPS (TTM)23.95
Earnings DateJul 24, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est2,246.75
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  • Recent Acquisitions by Google, Salesforce, and Intel Seem a Little Desperate
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  • Oracle Sales Return to Growth, Topping Analysts' Estimates
    Bloomberg2 hours ago

    Oracle Sales Return to Growth, Topping Analysts' Estimates

    (Bloomberg) -- Oracle Corp. reported quarterly sales that topped Wall Street estimates on strong demand for applications, marking the world’s second-largest software maker’s return to growth amid a crucial transition to cloud-based computing. Shares gained about 3% in extended trading.Revenue increased 1.1% to $11.1 billion in the period ended May 31 from a year earlier, the Redwood City, California-based company said Wednesday in a statement. Analysts, on average, projected $10.9 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit, excluding some expenses, was $1.16 a share, compared with estimates of $1.07 a share.Chief Executive Officers Safra Catz and Mark Hurd have sought to maintain Oracle’s large customer base as the company competes with a dizzying number of rivals in the cloud-computing space. The software maker’s stumbles against Amazon.com Inc. and others have spurred the company to seek help from unlikely sources. Earlier this month, Oracle announced an alliance with longtime rival Microsoft Corp., letting customers use their respective clouds.The period marked Oracle’s first year-over-year gain in total revenue since the fiscal first quarter.Oracle shares jumped to a high of $56.87 in extended trading after closing at $52.68 in New York. The stock has gained 17% this year.“Our cloud applications businesses are growing faster than our competitors,” Hurd said in a statement. “These strong results extend Oracle’s already commanding lead in worldwide cloud” accounting and human resources applications.Cloud license and on-premise license sales increased 12% to $2.52 billion, suggesting that Oracle is doing a better job of signing on new customers. The company said that revenue from NetSuite grew 32%, and Fusion HR and financial suites gained by the same amount. Hurd has been keen to chase growth by selling corporate applications. He set a target for attaining 50% market share to best rival SAP SE.Revenue from cloud services and license support was unchanged at $6.8 billion in the quarter, Oracle said. While that metric includes revenue from hosting customers’ data on the cloud, a large portion is generated by maintenance fees for traditional software housed on clients’ servers. The unit accounted for more than 60% of total revenue.Sales of Oracle’s servers declined 11% in the period. Catz said the company has chosen to “downsize our low-margin legacy hardware business,” which Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.Oracle has been firing workers around the world to cut expenses. The company’s adjusted operating margin reached 47%, the highest in five years. The company’s costs related to restructuring also doubled to $168 million in the quarter compared with a year earlier.The deal between Oracle and Microsoft will allow mutual customers to connect databases on Oracle’s cloud to applications on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The agreement signified a concession by Oracle that it won’t be able to compete against Amazon Web Services alone. AWS offers cheaper versions of the databases that make up Oracle’s core business.(Updates with executive commentary and additional details starting in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Nico Grant in San Francisco at ngrant20@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Andrew Pollack, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Nike (NKE) Q4 2019 Earnings Preview: China, North America & More
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  • The Funded: 13 Bay Area startups raised nearly $400M at midweek
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  • Bloomberg4 hours ago

    Shopify Is Setting Up Fulfillment Network in U.S., Just Like Amazon

    (Bloomberg) -- Shopify Inc. plans to spend $1 billion to set up a network of fulfillment centers in the U.S. to help merchants using its e-commerce platform deliver products more quickly and cheaply, much the way Amazon.com Inc. does.“A large number of orders are lost in the final stages due to complex shipping costs,” Craig Miller, Shopify’s chief product officer, said at the company’s annual developer conference in Toronto. The service will use machine learning to predict demand and suggest closest fulfillment centers to merchants.The Ottawa-based company unveiled the plan, along with new features such as video and 3D modeling for products, the ability to edit orders and a better user interface. It also added 11 new language capabilities and rolled out a multi-currency payments system to all merchants. It’s planning a new point of sale system for later this year.Its shares jumped 5.1% to a record $319.83 at 2:38 p.m. in New York. It’s the top-performing stock in Canada this year after more than doubling. Shopify has also outperformed any stock in the S&P 500 over that time.Shopify, which processes millions of individual sales by hundreds of thousands of merchants every year, is joining the delivery race. Amazon took the lead in e-commerce by building its own delivery infrastructure with warehouses close to big cities across the U.S.As big retailers like Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. jumped into the game, Amazon responded with a next-day delivery pledge of millions of products.Shopify could potentially pool shipments from different online stores together, making shipping cheaper and more efficient. Storing products from different merchants in centralized warehouses would also bring down costs for sellers and buyers alike, and net Shopify another revenue stream.That could help the company mount a defense against Amazon, which lowers prices and encourages merchants to use its own warehouses and shipping tools.Shares in the online platform, which celebrity Kylie Jenner uses to sell cosmetics, have been rallying after reporting strong first quarter earnings, forecasts for second-quarter revenue that was above expectations and its first annual revenue above $1 billion in 2018.(Updates share price in fourth paragraph, background)\--With assistance from Gerrit De Vynck.To contact the reporters on this story: Simran Jagdev in Toronto at sjagdev1@bloomberg.net;Paula Sambo in Toronto at psambo@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jacqueline Thorpe at jthorpe23@bloomberg.net;Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • North Andover OKs changes to allow Amazon distribution center
    American City Business Journals4 hours ago

    North Andover OKs changes to allow Amazon distribution center

    The Business Journal was first to report in April that Amazon was likely to locate a distribution center at 1600 Osgood St. in North Andover.

  • Microsoft’s Missteps Offer Antitrust Lessons for Tech’s Big Four
    Bloomberg6 hours ago

    Microsoft’s Missteps Offer Antitrust Lessons for Tech’s Big Four

    (Bloomberg) -- Of the five biggest tech companies in the U.S., Microsoft is the only one that isn't currently in the crosshairs of U.S. antitrust authorities. The software giant already took its turn through the regulatory wringer starting two decades ago, a years-long confrontation that resulted in the finding that the Redmond, Washington-based company had illegally maintained its monopoly for personal-computer operating-system software. The case dealt with the company's moves to kneecap the Netscape web browser by bundling its own product, Internet Explorer, into Windows, the dominant PC operating system.A federal judge ordered the company split in two in 2000, a fate Microsoft avoided when an appeals court reversed that part of the ruling and the company eventually settled. That 2002 settlement led to nine years of court supervision of the company's business practices and required Microsoft to give the top 20 computer makers identical contract terms for licensing Windows, and gave computer makers greater freedom to promote non-Microsoft products like browsers and media-playing software. Because observers and legal pundits almost uniformly agree the software giant did virtually everything wrong in the course of the investigation -- which had its start as early as 1990, followed by a 1998 Justice Department lawsuit -- in retrospect its story serves as a useful instruction manual of what not to do.While no formal inquiries have yet been opened, the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department carved up the territory of big tech -- Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. -- as they prepare to dig in on antitrust issues. The Department of Justice will look at Google, which dominates the online search and advertising spaces, and Apple, whose pervasive App Store is likely to be under examination. The FTC drew Facebook, with its behemoth social networking and messaging apps and a slew of recent privacy missteps, and e-commerce giant Amazon, which has been pushing into areas like grocery and health. As these companies build their legal teams and prepare strategies for the fight ahead, here are several lessons that Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook can learn from Microsoft's battle with the feds.Don't deny the obvious. Or don't even put up a fight about whether you have a monopoly. Microsoft, whose Windows software accounted for about 90% of the market for PC operating systems, opted to argue that the space was actually competitive. Parts of the argument included videos where Microsoft employees offered a straight-faced marketing pitch for the benefits of rival Linux programs with a tiny share of the market. The impulse is understandable -- monopoly sounds like a dirty word. But U.S. antitrust law doesn't expressly forbid having a monopoly; it outlaws doing certain things to establish, maintain or extend one. That led some legal scholars to argue that Microsoft would have been better served by copping to the Windows monopoly and establishing a legal beachhead against the idea that it did anything illegal to gain it or keep it. Arguing against something so self-evident via the company's very first witness strained credibility and started the case off on a bad footing.It's easy to imagine a similar issue applying to Google, which has more than 84% of the web-search market and controls 82% of mobile-phone operating systems. In the app-store business, Google and iPhone maker Apple together control more than 95% of all U.S. mobile app spending by consumers, according to Sensor Tower data. Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this month told CBS that his company doesn’t have a dominant position in any market. But regulators may look at the power it wields through its app store. It could be more effective for these companies not to start by denying that leadership position -- if you have 80% or 90% percent of a market, arguing that you don't really dominate isn't the hill you want your legal reasoning to die on. Don’t resort to spin. Microsoft's credibility with the press was no higher, hurt by constant counterfactual statements and spin. Each day, after a bruising in court as government lawyer David Boies poked holes in executive testimony and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson alternated between chuckling at the witnesses and chastising them, Microsoft deployed a hapless PR person to the steps of the courthouse to recite the words, "Today was another good day for Microsoft." It never was.  Assume everything will be made public.Among the list of horrifying moments for Microsoft in court was the public showing of parts of the 20 hours of depositions of co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Bill Gates. The tapes (yes, they were tapes -- this was the 90s) showed an ill-lit, evasive and combative Gates engaging in Clintonian word-wrangling, such as asking about the definition of the word "definition" and arguing what "market share" meant. Microsoft claimed it had been assured the tapes would never be shown in court, or the company would have taken greater care with Gates’s appearance and manner. During their playback in court, the judge laughed at several points -- not the impression the software giant wanted to make on either Jackson or the public. Jackson told New Yorker reporter Ken Auletta that Gates came off as "arrogant" in the depositions.Just as bad for Microsoft, an array of internal emails were read aloud in court that contradicted the testimony of its executives, which further angered Jackson. The takeaway? Assume everything will be aired in the court of public opinion. If it was true 20 years ago, it’s even more apparent in the current era of oversharing, thanks to the tech companies’ own services. Don't be condescending about the technology. Most lawyers, judges and regulators don't appreciate being told or having it implied that they lack the ability to apprehend certain tech concepts. Or that the reason they think there's been an antitrust violation is because they just don't "get" the technology. It was true that Jackson and Boies seldom used a computer at the time. But it didn't require a computer science doctorate to divine the legal merits of the case.  At the height of Microsoft's hubris (or carelessness, or both), the company sent Windows chief Jim Allchin to the stand with a doctored video that purported to show how computing performance would be degraded when the browser was removed from Windows on a single PC. It was actually done on several different computers and was an illustration of what might happen rather than a factual test, as the company initially claimed -- a fact that came to light only after several days of the government picking through every inconsistency in the video. Microsoft remade the simulation several times in an effort to save the testimony. The company seemed to think it could get away with baldy stating a technological claim and mocking up something that backed it up, perhaps reasoning that no one would know the difference, but it miscalculated badly (Joe Nocera, now a Bloomberg columnist but then writing for Fortune, recounts the whole cringeworthy story).Choose your lawyers wisely.Microsoft took on the U.S. government led by a combative Gates and an equally aggressive general counsel, Bill Neukom. Gates, the son of an attorney, was outraged, frustrated and convinced the company was being unfairly targeted. One of the company’s outside lawyers, from the firm Sullivan & Cromwell, said the company could put a ham sandwich into Windows if it wanted to. And throughout, Neukom not only failed to tamp down his executives’ worst impulses, he seemed to amp them up. His legal style led observers to point out that his last name -- pronounced `nuke 'em’ -- was quite fitting.The U.S. government’s latest antitrust targets should take heed: If your top executive's style tends towards waving a red flag in front of a bull, you may be wise to consider a top lawyer with a more conciliatory style. Google’s top executives have already raised the ire of lawmakers for refusing to appear before Congress, and no one has ever accused Jeff Bezos of being afraid of a fight. At Facebook, where Zuckerberg regards Gates as a mentor and observers see similarities in their styles and temperaments, this lesson might be particularly important.There are many different ways to lose.Right now, the companies are only at risk of an inquiry -- the agencies are deciding what, if any, action to take. But even at this stage, they should keep in mind that a loss doesn’t only mean a full-scale breakup or forced divestiture. Companies can avoid that extreme fate and still find, as Microsoft did, that the years of distraction from the fight have hampered their business and sucked up executive time and mental energy.In an interview last year at the Code Conference, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith lamented the distraction the case caused, and cited it as a reason the company missed out on the search market -- the business that fueled the runaway success of Google, now under the microscope itself. Others have pinned Microsoft’s abysmal performance in mobile computing partially on constraints and distractions from the case. Some of the company’s business missteps can fairly be attributed to poor execution and strategic errors that had nothing to do with the government dispute. Still, the notion that merely fighting an antitrust battle may do almost as much harm as losing one brings us to our last point.Consider settling early.  It's hard to say with certainty what the late 1990s and early 2000s might have looked like for Microsoft had it found a way to settle with the government earlier than 2002. Still, for the government’s current targets, it's worth weighing a settlement against the impact of several years of investigation, a possible loss in court and potentially harsher restrictions or remedies. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google probably have a pretty good idea of what regulators may object to, and it’s worthwhile for them to consider ways to assuage those concerns while keeping the core of their businesses and future ambitions intact. The alternative is years of investigations, possibly damaging evidence and testimony, and ample distraction, all leading up to what could be a devastating loss in court. (Updates with earlier comments from Tim Cook. A previous version of this story corrected the attribution of an anecdote about a ham sandwich.)To contact the author of this story: Dina Bass in Seattle at dbass2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Mark MilianFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Arlington's lead Amazon negotiator picked as Pr. William's new economic development chief
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  • Why Microsoft Stock Will Keep On Climbing Higher in 2019
    InvestorPlace8 hours ago

    Why Microsoft Stock Will Keep On Climbing Higher in 2019

    Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the world's most valuable publicly traded company. After a downturn at the end of May, Microsoft stock has continued to climb through June, including a 1.74% gain on Tuesday that set yet another new high and gave the company a $1.04 trillion market cap. With growth of over 30% for 2019, why are investors so bullish on MSFT?Source: Shutterstock When trading closed on Tuesday, Microsoft stock was at $135.16, up 1.74% for the day. The company has been firing on all cylinders for most of June, climbing back above the $1 trillion market cap it hit for the first time on April 25. That makes MSFT more valuable than other tech giants like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) at $913.08 billion and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) at $936.11 billion.That raises a few questions. For a tech company that's shut-out of the smartphone market altogether, a non-player in the red-hot smart speaker category and being soundly trounced by the competition in video game console sales, MSFT is doing extraordinarily well these days.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Earnings AnticipationMicrosoft is expected to release its Q4 earnings on July 18, and investors are clearly expecting to hear good news. The company's Q3 earnings were better than expected and showed especially strong growth in the company's Azure cloud computing division, which saw 73% year-over-year revenue growth. Gartner is predicting cloud computing will grow "exponentially" for the next several years, for total global revenue of $331 billion by 2022. MSFT is positioning itself to be a key player in this huge market and investors are anticipating those Q4 results show not just double-digit revenue and earnings growth, but continued acceleration of the company's cloud computing revenue.In the aftermath of Microsoft's Q3 earnings report, MSFT stock rose nearly 4% and the company passed a $1 trillion market valuation for the first time -- only the third U.S. company to do so, after Apple and Amazon. The performance of MSFT through June clearly shows an expectation that those Q4 earnings are going to be just as impressive. Fall Product LaunchesWhile much of the Microsoft news in recent weeks has been focused on the Xbox Project Scarlet, that game console won't be arriving until 2020. However, there are more product launches expected this fall, and they have potential upside for MSFT stock. * 10 'Buy-and-Hold' Stocks to Own Forever The first is Project xCloud, the streaming gaming service set to take on Stadia from Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google division. Project xCloud leverages all that Azure cloud hardware and it starts public testing this October. Cloud gaming has the potential to be huge. It may not just take a chunk of the current $138 billion global video game industry, it could significantly increase the size (and value) of the video game market by allowing consumers to play on devices like tablets and smartphones without the need for expensive consoles.Also expected this fall is new Surface hardware, including a new Surface Pro tablet. In Q3, MSFT's Personal Computing revenue was $10.7 billion and the biggest gains were Surface hardware revenue -- up 21%. Not in the Regulation SpotlightFinally, unlike virtually every other big tech company, government regulators don't appear to be taking aim at MSFT.It hasn't been singled out for skewing search results, sharing user data, influencing elections or running a monopoly. The company has already gone through antitrust proceedings, but that was several decades ago. With regulators increasingly looking at Apple, Amazon, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Google, MSFT is a relatively safe bet for investors who want to own a piece of a tech giant without a lot of risks. As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post Why Microsoft Stock Will Keep On Climbing Higher in 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 4 Burning Questions for the Owners of Alibaba Stock
    InvestorPlace8 hours ago

    4 Burning Questions for the Owners of Alibaba Stock

    In May, Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) reported what appeared to be blowout earnings. The report topped expectations by a mile, but it did nothing for Alibaba stock. BABA stock price barely advanced following the earnings release, and it is still down 9% over the last three months.Source: Shutterstock What's going on? Surely, some of the struggles of Alibaba stock are related to the trade war. The longer it drags on, the more the Chinese economy will continue to slump. But Alibaba faces some unique issues of its own, namely that people are increasingly questioning the company's accounting. BABA is now trying to sell more stock to the public, while its short interest has ballooned to 9% of its available shares. That's a massive number for a company of its size. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half The shorts have been encouraged by the internet posts of a person who claims to be a financial professional These posts, made under the name Deep Throat IPO, contain allegations about Alibaba's accounting, leading many investors to conclude that BABA can't be trusted.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Is Alibaba Actually Earning Much Money?For last quarter, Alibaba reported a huge jump in its net income. In fact, on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, Alibaba crushed analysts' average expectation. It reported non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter of $1.28 against the consensus outlook of just 95 cents. Meanwhile, its GAAP EPS of $1.47 absolutely annihilated analyst estimates of just 51 cents per share.What explains the huge disparity? Most of Alibaba's reported profits for the quarter came from marking up the value of its investments rather than from its operating businesses. For the quarter, its reported net income soared 252% year-over-year to $3.5 billion. However, its actual profits from its operating business went down 5% to just $1.3 billion, though it would have posted a modest gain if it hadn't had to pay a lawsuit settlement.Still, its worth asking what's going on. Alibaba reports phenomenal revenue growth rates, yet its core retail profits are essentially flat. And its much-touted cloud and digital media divisions continue to lose money. Take out the increased profits from its investments - which doesn't mean much unless BABA can turn that paper into actual cash in the future - and BABA stock is absurdly expensive compared to its actual cash earnings. Is Alibaba Really Bigger Than Wal-Mart And Amazon?There's long been a great deal of dispute over whether Alibaba and other Chinese retailers inflate their GMVs (Gross Merchandise Volume). The SEC probed Alibaba's sales reporting a few years ago, and investors have made allegations about other Chinese firms like PinDuoDuo (NASDAQ:PDD) inflating their revenue.In the case of Alibaba, the numbers get more and more questionable as time goes on. Alibaba claims its GMV has soared more than tenfold from 2012 to today, with that figure jumping from $80 billion then to more than $800 billion now. For comparison sake, that's more than Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) handle annually combined! You might say that Alibaba's business could be that big because China is so huge. Remember, though, that Walmart is a leading retailer in 25 countries and Amazon has a huge overseas businesses as well. It strains credibility to believe that Alibaba is larger than Walmart and Amazon put together.There's also the matter of how much each company generates per employee. That is a common check for fraud, and Alibaba comes out looking rather peculiar. Deep Throat IPO puts it well:The other ratio I find fascinating is GMV per employee. Walmart's GMV per employee is $284,000. Amazon's is $428,000. Alibaba's is $8,366,000 per employee. They are truly masters at doing more with less.Is it realistic for Alibaba's employees to be 20 times more efficient than Amazon's? If you own BABA stock, you better hope so. Is Ant Financial Worth Anything Close To Investors' Expectations?Supposedly, Alibaba's Ant Financial, a digital payments facilitator, is worth $150 billion, which would make up around a third of the overall $400 billion market cap of Alibaba stock. In fact, Ant Financial was valued at $150 billion when it raised money last year. However, there is reason to be skeptical about that valuation. Specifically, it scrapped plans for an IPO last year, and it was supposed to launch an IPO this year, but the offering appears to be delayed again.Meanwhile, Ant Financial, which is supposed to be such a dominant global payments player, doesn't appear to be doing so well. Last year, Alibaba, which has a profit-sharing agreement with Ant Financial, did not receive any distributions from Ant because Ant didn't make any profits. This past quarter, however, Alibaba earned $77 million from Ant Financial. $77 million seems like a pittance, given Ant Financial's supposed $150 billion valuation. Perfectly normal. What Happens If the Chinese Financial System Freezes Up?For all of Alibaba's purported profits, the company keeps needing more money. There's probably good reason for that, since most of its "profits" don;t come in the form of cash while it is investing money in a nearly endless list of start-ups both in China and overseas. As mentioned above, Ant Financial did a big fundraising push last year, and now Alibaba is trying to unload a cool $20 billion of its stock in a secondary offering in Hong Kong.All this brings up the trade war and the weakening yuan. The yuan is near seven per dollar, its lowest level in years, and pressure appears to be growing for a major devaluation of the currency. What happens to Alibaba's ability to raise more money to keep its investing carousel spinning if China's capital markets freeze up? Also, the valuations of all these nascent businesses Alibaba has invested in will implode if the IPO window shuts down for these sorts of firms. The Verdict on BABA StockIt's been interesting watching Alibaba and JD.com (NASDAQ:JD) over the past year or two. As the Chinese economy has slowed, many of China's retailers have seen their growth rates sharply drop. JD, for example, has gone from 50% annual growth to just 20% recently. Alibaba's growth rate, however, appears totally unaffected by the deepening Chinese malaise. It keeps pumping out 50% annual revenue growth, rain or shine. Does Alibaba have a special sauce that keeps it immune to economic weakness?So far, BABA stock has been a winner. But how long can it keep up? Alibaba already claims to be larger than Amazon and Walmart put together. If the numbers are real, surely BABA will run out of people to sell to fairly soon; there are, after all, limits to a company's growth once it dominates a market. And if the numbers aren't real…At the time of this writing, Ian Bezek owned JD.com stock. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post 4 Burning Questions for the Owners of Alibaba Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Barrons.com8 hours ago

    Breaking Up Amazon, Apple, and Facebook Could Drive More Innovation, Analyst Says

    Wedbush says a breakup of these tech giants is unlikely. But changes along those lines could be a catalyst for innovation.

  • American City Business Journals8 hours ago

    Roseland adds townhomes to its plans for Crystal House expansion

    The proposed expansion of the Crystal House apartment complex is getting a little larger, with 21 townhomes now part of plans at the Crystal City property. New Jersey-based Roseland Residential Trust has proposed adding the townhomes on the property's western edge along Fern Street, according to documents prepared by Arlington County staff. Roseland made its first public filing on the expansion in October, just weeks before the Amazon selection was announced.

  • Amazon Might Join Qualcomm in Indian Supplier NinjaCart
    Market Realist8 hours ago

    Amazon Might Join Qualcomm in Indian Supplier NinjaCart

    Amazon is interested in purchasing a stake in NinjaCart. Currently, food retail is a booming business in India. Grocery purchases accounted for more than 61% of all the retail spending in India last year.

  • CBD Oil: The True Power of a Consumer Craze
    InvestorPlace9 hours ago

    CBD Oil: The True Power of a Consumer Craze

    In some ways, all the enthusiasm for CBD oil reminds me of one of my best early trades. Back in 2003, I was walking in New York and people were wearing True Religion jeans everywhere I went. Then I discovered they were paying $200 for them. I bought a pair for myself, and they really were nice. So after my full analysis, I went ahead and bought the stock, too, just as the brand was taking off among the 18- to 34-year-old demographic.True Religion stock was less than a dollar at that time - but when I cashed out, it had run up above $20.Great investing ideas are like that. They're often very simple and right in front of us. They pop up in our daily lives… and we hear about them from friends and neighbors. Just like when everyone stopped renting movies and started getting little red envelopes in their mailbox.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf you started using Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) in the mid-2000s - instead of paying all those late fees to Blockbuster - then congratulations. You uncovered a great business model! Even if you didn't invest in Netflix (or not until much later), you spotted a game-changing company in its very early days.That's what it's all about. Netflix's success is not complicated, just like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) or Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). People have firsthand experience with their products and services, and use them all the time. It's the power of what you know. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half It's Happening Again With CBD OilJust a few months ago, I was in New York again, at one of my favorite little coffee shops. This time everyone had a drink infused with cannabidiol (CBD) oil.A few days later, my girlfriend brought home a CBD lotion. She explained how it was derived from hemp and was an anti-inflammatory, plus it has antioxidant properties, to fight signs of aging and wrinkles. Basically it's the non-psychoactive "cousin" of marijuana - but since it doesn't have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it doesn't get you high.I tried CBD, too, and found that it really helps me mellow out to go to sleep. I swear by it. People like Michael J. Fox and Melissa McCarthy use it, too, but it's not just celebrities. If your experience is anything like mine, your friends and loved ones are starting to talk about trying CBD oil as well. People are even using it for their pets!Whether you have tried CBD or not, millions of people have. I think you're going to like the numbers on this one. Here's the latest on the CBD craze: * CBD was a $108 million market in 2014, and by 2022, it'll ring in at $22 billion, according to projections from the Brightfield Group. That's 20,270% growth in just eight years. * Besides the little neighborhood CBD shops that are popping up everywhere, you can also now buy it at CVS and Walgreens. Clearly, CBD products are starting to enter the mainstream. * Sephora and Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) now carry their own CBD products. So does GNC (NYSE:GNC), and Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) and Kroger (NYSE:KR) will sell CBD, too. * People with seizure disorders have had great success using CBD to reduce their symptoms. That was how my favorite CBD stock got its start. * A lot of folks are using it to help manage pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders, too. In fact, in one survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 36% of CBD users found that it was managing their condition "very well by itself." * The implications for CBD fighting the opioid crisis are huge. In a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in May, doctors administered CBD to people in recovery from heroin addiction. They found that CBD "significantly reduced both craving and anxiety," with "no significant effects on cognition, and there were no serious adverse effects."The companies providing all this CBD are raking it in - doubling their revenues over the past 12 months. But seeing as hemp-derived CBD just became legal six months ago, there's a lot more to come, especially given the sharp growth trajectory we saw earlier.All from just those little bottles of hemp oil at the drugstore and beauty shop!It reminds me of a famous story I heard on Wall Street. Peter Lynch, a legendary investor, once ran one of the top-performing mutual funds of all time: Fidelity's Magellan fund. Among his biggest winners was Dunkin' Donuts (NASDAQ:DNKN). Apparently he bought it because he liked the coffee - and it ended up being a 10-bagger.Then there's Bill Gates. He once tried fake chicken at a taco truck - it was made out of pea protein, but he couldn't tell the difference from the real thing. His investment in Beyond Meats (NASDAQ:BYND) has paid off handsomely after the company just had one of the best IPOs of the year.That's the "power of what you know."And now I think CBD could be your "power of what you know" moment. CBD Early Investor's KitNow is the time to invest while the stocks are still small. And small companies are the job creators. The innovators. Invest in a high-quality business model in its early days - and once it takes off… that's how fortunes are made.I believe in this opportunity, so this week I'll be sharing a series of articles to help you truly "know" about it.I've also been working with my publisher to put together a complete CBD Early Investor's Kit. We've got enough for the first 4,000 respondents, and here's what you get: * The 1 CBD Stock in the World. One little company has been eating up much of the U.S. market share in CBD, because it can produce a higher-quality product - and lots of it. I've got a whole investment guide to fill you in before the crowd catches on. * Three More CBD Stocks to Fatten Your Wallet. These other CBD stocks are quietly doubling revenues, tempting away top executives from household brands, and striking sweet deals on new product lines. You'll see their names, ticker symbols, and buy-under prices in my full report. * Plus, to help you really get to know the product, you'll also get a 15-day supply of high-grade CBD from CannaComplete. If you're like me, you like to see what all the fuss is about firsthand. That's why, on my recent trip, I went to the "Starbucks of China." I wasn't impressed with that but I do understand the CBD craze, now that I've taken part. There's a lot of weird rumors about CBD, from haters and fanatics. Now you can see the real deal for yourself.Those of us who have tried CBD know that its appeal is simple and straightforward. Just like with Netflix and Facebook - or with True Religion, back in the day - that's what makes it powerful.As investors, there are plenty of avenues we can take to cash in on the CBD craze. Click here for more details and to claim one of these research packages now.Matthew McCall is the founder and president of Penn Financial Group, an investment advisory firm, as well as the editor of Investment Opportunities and Early Stage Investor. He has dedicated his career to getting investors into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA), +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), +611% in Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGLY), +324% in Bitcoin Services (BTSC), just to name a few. If you're interested in making triple-digit gains from the world's biggest investment trends BEFORE anyone else, click here to learn more about Matt McCall and his investments strategy today. 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