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Brazil mall executives shrug off looming Amazon.com expansion

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The optimism of executives gathered this week at the Shopping Center International Congress in Sao Paulo contrasted sharply with global investor sentiment about malls in the age of online retail. E-commerce giants Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Argentina's Mercadolibre Inc (MELI.O) have set major expansions here, spooking some foreign investors and sending shares in Brazil's three largest mall operators down more than 19 percent so far this year. They say a better mix of non-retail tenants in malls, the high costs of shipping in Brazil and other factors should allow malls here to continue to thrive. But some say the industry is overconfident, noting that Amazon has been scooping up local warehouses and negotiating air cargo deals in Brazil, while some retailers are reporting double-digit growth in online sales from last year. "In New York, the investors are much more concerned about e-commerce than in Brazil," said Thiago Muramatsu, chief financial officer at Cyrela Commercial Properties SA (CCPR3.SA) (CCP), which owns malls and office buildings.

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Amazon Plans for Comparison Site to Expand in Insurance Space - August 17, 2018

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Reportedly, the e-commerce giant is eyeing the U.K. insurance market and planning for a price comparison site for insurance products.In fact, the company is already in talks with European insurance companies in a bid to bring their products on its site.The latest move is likely to strengthen Amazon’s presence in the digital insurance space.According to the latest report from MarketsandMarkets, the global digital insurance platform market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.8% between 2018 and 2023 and to reach $164.13 billion by 2023.Moreover, the company’s product offerings are likely to get enhanced which will help it in expanding customer base. Consequently, this will drive the company’s top-line growth.Coming to the price performance, shares of Amazon have returned 61.3% on a year-to-date basis, outperforming the industry’s rally of 28.9%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Will You Make a Fortune on the Shift to Electric Cars?Here's another stock idea to consider. Much like petroleum 150 years ago, lithium power may soon shake the world, creating millionaires and reshaping geo-politics. Soon electric vehicles (EVs) may be cheaper than gas guzzlers. Some are already reaching 265 miles on a single charge.With battery prices plummeting and charging stations set to multiply, one company stands out as the #1 stock to buy according to Zacks research.It's not the one you think.See This Ticker Free >>.

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Amazon Is Investing in Strategic Startups

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Amazon (AMZN) invested in at least six strategic firms over the four months ended July, according to CrunchBase data. The majority of the firms Amazon has recently invested in are in India, the country in which it has lined up more than $5.0 billion to grow its business.

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Why Amazon.com (AMZN) Could Shock the Market Soon

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It commonly happens in stock investing that investors miss the chance of buying winning stocks that they knew would stand out. Before they take the plunge, others get to know the hidden potential and enter into these stocks, pushing them out of reach. So, instead of repenting, spotting the off-the-radar potential winners and immediately investing in them could be a smart decision. This Internet - Commerce stock has actually seen estimates rise over the past month for the current fiscal year by about 39.3%. But that is not yet reflected in its price, as the stock gained only 2.2% over the same time frame. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. So if you are looking for a stock flying under-the-radar that is well-equipped to bounce down the road, make sure to consider Amazon.com. Solid estimate revisions and an impressive Zacks Rank suggest that better days may be ahead for AMZN and that now might be an interesting buying opportunity.

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Amazon’s Growing Challenge to Google and Facebook

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Amazon’s (AMZN) threat to Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google and Facebook (FB) in the advertising industry appears to be growing, according to these companies’ recent quarterly results. While Amazon has long been known to seek digital advertising dollars, the company kept its advertising ambitions and activities in the advertising industry to itself. More recently, Amazon has been discussing its advertising business publicly.

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An Amazon Tax Won’t Stop Britain’s Retail Carnage

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The carnage on the British high street from the likes of House of Fraser and Homebase naturally leads to calls for blood from internet retailing behemoth Amazon.com Inc. Enter Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, who last week said he was strongly considering an “Amazon tax” to help retailers. Amazon didn’t kill the British high street. The U.K. store chains that have collapsed this year did so because they didn’t have the right products at the right prices, invest enough in their businesses, or stay up to date with consumer trends.

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Apple Won the Race, But Amazon Owns the Competition

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Inarguably, among the most-discussed companies in the markets, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) have no problems generating headlines. Even seemingly inconsequential statements or events can shake up investors. Recently, though, all eyes were on AAPL, and later AMZN, to see which industry giant would hit the vaunted one-trillion dollar market capitalization. As we all know, AAPL took that honor several weeks ago. Not only that, market observers appreciated the style in which it got its business done. As our feature writer James Brumley stated, the trillion-dollar day was “just another workday” for Apple. This perspective coincides with one of Brumley’s main arguments that this milestone truly matters for Apple. When AMZN likely becomes the second trillion-dollar company, the media frenzy won’t have the same magnitude.

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Companies that Amazon was smashing are fighting back

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The retail stocks that have the most to lose from Amazon's success have shown signs of improvement, as the U.S. consumer is spending more and has benefited from tax cuts and job growth in recent months. Bespoke created an index of some 60 retail firms that were waging an uphill battle against Amazon and its online sales business. But don't write these companies off. The "Death by Amazon" index chopped higher after stocks sold off in February. Bespoke notes that Amazon, up some 60 percent this year so far, continues to see accelerating profits and is generating huge revenue. But as the consumer has picked up, so have Amazon's rivals.

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Walmart Soared, But Amazon (AMZN) Stock Is Still a Must Buy

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Walmart WMT saw its stock price surge over 10% Thursday after the retail giant reported stronger-than-anticipated quarterly financial results. Yet, while some investors dive into WMT stock, the e-commerce powerhouse that forced Walmart to revamp its business model seems as strong as ever. So let’s see why Amazon AMZN stock looks like a great buy right now. Meanwhile, Walmart’s U.S. comparable store sales surged 4.5% and its e-commerce sales soared by 40%. But Jeff Bezos’ firm isn’t worried about what Walmart, Target TGT, Kroger KR, and other retailers have done to adapt since Amazon looks poised to jump into even more new industries in its seemingly endless quest to expand. Amazon has spoken with some of Europe’s biggest insurance firms to see if they would be willing to list products on an Amazon UK price comparison website, according to a recent Reuters report. Click to get this free report International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) : Free Stock Analysis Report The Walt Disney Company (DIS) : Free Stock Analysis Report Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) : Free Stock Analysis Report Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) : Free Stock Analysis Report Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) : Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) : Free Stock Analysis Report Apple Inc. (AAPL) : Free Stock Analysis Report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) : Free Stock Analysis Report Cinemark Holdings Inc (CNK) : Free Stock Analysis Report AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (AMC) : Free Stock Analysis Report Walmart Inc. (WMT) : Free Stock Analysis Report Target Corporation (TGT) : Free Stock Analysis Report Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) : Free Stock Analysis Report CVS Health Corporation (CVS) : Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here.

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Amazon shocks price comparison websites with talks on insurance push

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Amazon shocks price comparison websites with talks on insurance push. Over £70m was wiped from the value of Britain's biggest insurance comparison websites on Thursday after reports that Amazon was in talks to launch a rival offering, sending shockwaves through the industry. Experts say the prospect of Amazon launching an insurance price comparison site in Britain would be a "gamechanger" for the sector, which is dominated by web-based operators including GoCompare.com, Moneysupermarket.com and Confused.com. In 2016, Forrester estimated their combined revenues at over £1 billion. Although the insurance comparison market is extremely profitable, the big four have done little to change their services in recent years, prompting speculation the sector is ripe for disruption.

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