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Amazon’s penultimate Draw | Advantage O’nomics

Holiday sales took fourth Quarter performance to $9.52 billion and they also upped Q1 forecasts to $6.45bn to $7 bn

Amazon seems quite ready to open the war front with iPad, but as of now it is fair for both companies to hedge their bets with Kindle choosing a 70% commission on each sale over a smaller base than the $10 plus billion in real books, while the iPad would like to be compared with Samsung and Nokia,”part of the iPod and iMac family?” This is probably the penultimate fr Amazon to draw but it has one more fight in it to get to $100 billion

Amazon’s Operating Margins YOY growth does not mean much but the margins are healthy at 5% with net income of $384 mn at 4.03% based on the use of cash to drive down costs and get more volumes online. It mustt be remembered that Black Friday was beaten by Cyber Monday again this season. Amazon’s Warehousing and delivery modelling is a treat to watch in liquid motion.

The $2 billion buy back should keep the Amazon investors happy while the Kindle franchise develops more lung power in the market place. Kindle recently reworked its commission structures to 50% for the Author/Publisher

WE WILL WAIT for the content library on the iBook store to be updated for a more valid comparison, Amazon’s market development strategy is economically more powerful in the new digital footprint, while Apple is great at marketing. Amazon is also getting better at publisher deals, so it is a fun game for consumers and subscribers..It’s tempting to get everyone to plan a subscription model in the digital media game, but it hasn’t worked, with or without paywalls. Also an idle mind starts wondering if they can get to Facebook and Twitter to use as a backbone for the next digital age effort?

To reiterate our stand, Amazon has single handedly done more to bring this economy out of recession than the others in the Top 100, tech or mobile or even Media

High speed trains, lower Job claims, the ‘uprising’ is here and USA won’t be number 2

Tortoise wins race for best U.S. city for business – MarketWatch

It’s no fluke in the pan either. Spokane (WA), Phoenix (AZ) and Boise(ID) have been consistent scorers, because you can get the same quality of life for much less than a crushing load on your pockets. And your favorite banks and ATMs have not been taken down either. Your favourite super retailers are there right till Nordstrom, I’d say do it now. Figure out where you want to live in that new pay cap, and your office will do it for you. Come to Iowa, Come to Nebraska. Come in your own plane. That is why your bonus is in the best stock you could own, your employer. Try it!

We all know the fable of the tortoise ultimately winning his painstakingly measured race against the hare.

Apply that to today’s economy and it’s relatively easy to come up with a winner for MarketWatch’s third survey of the best U.S. cities for business. This year’s victor is the subdued terrapin of regional economies: Des Moines, Iowa — population 556,230.

via Tortoise wins race for best U.S. city for business – MarketWatch.