Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) reported earnings yesterday that showed the e-commerce giant is just barely eking out a living, with an operating profit margin of 0.5% (and a negative net). And now, Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK ) has announced a plan that might squeeze Amazon's profit margin even further.
Overstock declared yesterday that for at least "a limited time," it intends to sell books to its online customers at prices "at least 10-percent below" what Amazon charges. As Overstock explains, it's chopping the prices on literally hundreds of thousands of titles.
Of course, Amazon shoppers may still find they get a better deal on eligible purchases of $25 or more (which get free shipping) or Kindle e-book purchases. On the other hand, Overstock points out that truly avid readers can avoid its shipping charges as well so long as they order more than $50 worth of merchandise. Shipping on orders under that amount is $2.95 per order.
As Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne noted: "If you're going to buy a book this week, you're crazy not to shop Overstock.com first. And if you weren't going to buy a book this week, you should reconsider."
Top 10 Railroad Stocks To Own For 2015: Pluristem Therapeutics Inc.(PSTI)
Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a bio-therapeutic company, engages in the research, development, and commercialization of standardized cell therapy products for the treatment of life threatening diseases. The company?s products are derived from human placenta, a non-controversial, non-embryonic, adult cell source. Its Placental adherent stromal cells are grown in the company's proprietary PluriX three-dimensional process that allows cells to grow in a natural environment. The company provides PLX-PAD that has completed Phase I clinical trials for people suffering from peripheral artery disease. It also offers various product candidates for diabetic foot ulcers, adjuvant hip replacement surgery, athletic injuries, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, ischemic stroke, adjuvant for UCB transplantation, and radiation exposure. The company was formerly known as Pluristem Life Systems Inc. and changed its name to Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. in November 2007. Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Haifa, Israel.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By James E. Brumley]
Traders may not want to get married for the long haul to any of them, but for speculators looking for a quick, profitable hit, Arca Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ABIO), Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:PSTI), and Bacterin International Holdings Inc. (NYSEMKT:BONE) may be better-than-average bets. Here's why.
- [By John Udovich]
Stem cell stocks have not exactly been the best performers lately in part because the controversy over their use has died down over the years while major breakthroughs have been few or far between, but the industry along with small cap stem cell stocks Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PSTI), BioTime, Inc (NYSEMKT: BTX) and BioRestorative Therapies (OTCBB: BRTX) are still quietly producing their share of news or minor breakthroughs worth taking note of. Just consider the following stem cell news or news from small cap players in the sector:
Top 5 Shipping Stocks To Own Right Now: Time Inc (TIME)
Time Inc., incorporated on September 28, 1988, is a magazine publisher in the United States. As of March 31, 2014, the Company publishes 23 magazines in print in the United States, including People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly and Fortune and over 70 magazines outside the United States, primarily through IPC Magazines Group Limited (IPC) in the United Kingdom and Grupo Editorial Expansion (GEX) in Mexico. On April 30, 2014, the Company acquired the IPC publishing business in the United Kingdom, which was previously owned by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Time Warner (the IPC Purchase). In June 2014, Time Inc acquired Cozi Inc., a Seattle-based technology company with a portfolio of mobile and digital family organizing tools
The Company�� United States and United Kingdom print magazines is also available as tablet editions on digital devices and platforms. In addition, as of March 31, 2014, it operated over 45 Websites that collectively have tens of millions of average monthly visitors globally. It also operates an integrated publishing business that provides content marketing, targeted local print and digital advertising programs, branded book publishing and marketing and support services, including magazine subscription sales services, retail distribution and marketing services and customer service and fulfillment services, to the Company and other third-party clients, including other magazine publishers.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Chris Isidore]
With a circulation of 931,558, Forbes is the No. 3 U.S. business publication, behind Time Inc.'s (TIME) Money magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek. It is particularly well known for its lists such as the world's richest people. Forbes Media also has an online presence in Forbes.com, and a majority stake in the Real Clear group of Web sites, such as Real Clear Politics.
- [By Vera Yuan]
During the quarter we initiated a position in Publicis (1.0%), and exited the last of our position in Admiral. We added further to the recently initiated position in Time Warner (TWX)(3.6%), partly funded by selling a small position in Time Inc. (TIME), the magazine business spun off from the parent. We also added to and reduced select Consumer Staples, Information Technology, Industrial and Financials names.
Top 5 Shipping Stocks To Own Right Now: Chorus Ltd (CNU)Chorus Limited maintains and builds a network made up of local telephone exchanges, cabinets and copper and fiber cables. The Company has approximately 32,000 kilometers of fiber and 130,000 kilometers of copper cabling. These cables connect back to local telephone exchanges. Chorus fiber also connects mobile phone towers owned by mobile service providers. About 7,000 cabinets provide interconnection points for around 50% of the lines in its network. A range of these cabinets are mini telephone exchanges and have electronic broadband equipment installed in them. In some cases, retail service providers have chosen to install their own broadband equipment in an exchange and pay the Company for the rental of the access line. It offers a range of products delivered over its copper network and new products designed to provide access to the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) fiber network. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Holly LaFon]
Watsa sold two stocks in the fourth quarter: Continucare Corp. (CNU) and First Place Financial Corp. (FPFC). He reduced Dell (DELL), one of his largest holdings, but almost 60%.
Top 5 Shipping Stocks To Own Right Now: Union Pacific Corporation(UNP)
Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. It has approximately 31,953 route miles linking Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and eastern United States gateways, and provides several corridors to Mexican gateways. The company offers freight transportation services for agricultural products, including whole grains and related commodities, food, beverage products, corn for ethanol products and its by-products, animal feeds, fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, and poultry products; and automotive products, such as imported and finished vehicles, and automotive parts and materials. It also provides transportation services for chemicals, such as industrial chemicals, plastics, and liquid petroleum products; energy products comprising coal and coke; industrial products, including lumber products, paper and consumer goods, furniture and appliances, and nonferrous and i ndustrial minerals, as well as steel and construction products, such as rock, cement, and roofing materials; and intermodal containers. Union Pacific Corporation was founded in 1862 and is based in Omaha, Nebraska.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Alex Planes]
The golden spike sank into the earth at Promontory Summit in Utah on May 10, 1869. The Transcontinental Railroad was complete, joining the east and west of a sprawling 3,000-mile wide nation. Two railroad enterprises, the Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP ) and the Central Pacific, had been built at a frenzied pace since shortly after President Abraham Lincoln's signature approved federal funds for construction in 1862. Both railroads were created to service this legislation, with Union Pacific building west from the Missouri River as the Central Pacific�struck out east from Sacramento.
- [By Asit Sharma]
Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP )
The largest U.S. rail transportation company should be able to reap benefits from a rising U.S. economy. In 2012, the company's overall volume was flat due to weakness in coal and agricultural shipments (as a result of drought conditions across the western United States), which offset strength in other segments such as automobile, chemical, and oil shipments.However, Union Pacific managed to increase revenue by 7%, to $20.9 billion, through stronger pricing and fuel surcharges. The higher revenue, coupled with productivity gains, led to record net income of $6.75 billion, outpacing the prior year's net income by 18%.