This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Amazon: What's Next In The Jungle Pipeline

James Dennin, Kapitall: Amazon has new TV shows, maybe free smartphones – what else is in store for the least popular book seller in France?

Just recently  Amazon (AMZN) boss Jeff Bezos was making headlines by purchasing the ailing Washington Post – yet another investment which suggests Bezos might have more on his mind than pure profits. 

Read more from Kapitall: Bed Bath and Beyond Takes on Titan of Retail

Amazon announced this morning the new roster of TV pilots that it will introduce this year, part of the company's efforts to become a content channel in its own right. It's not skimping on talent either.  Roman Polanski is slated to direct one pilot, and the Emmy award winning author of  Six Feet Under, Jill Soloway, is set to write another.

Amazon is also rumored to be developing its own console, akin to the Chromecast and the Apple TV, although this is mostly speculation about a trademark of the name "Firetube." And of course there's the nascent e-book market, of which Amazon holds a dominant 60% and is expected to almost triple by 2017

And yet plans to start selling groceries and publishing newspapers aren't even the most ambitious or curious among all the rumors swirling around the vast online marketplace. 

For one, Amazon still locked in a highly contentious battle to develop internet infrastructure for the Central Intelligence Agency. It's not a particularly huge contract, at about $600 million over four years. However, as a contract it's particularly important for a few other reasons.

Everyone from Google (GOOG) to Facebook (FB) is trying to get into the business of selling internet – whether by sending hot-air balloons over developing nations or partnering with vendors to provide free wi-fi. 

In an age when cyber security is becoming increasingly paramount, building an internet cloud secure enough for the CIA would be a pretty impressive calling card. And while International Business Machines (IBM) is still appealing the agency's decision to go with Amazon – it seems possible that Bezos will  come out on top. Even if the final contract isn't that large, it could also open the door to more relationships with the federal government. 

With so many projects in the pipeline, you'd think Bezos would be content with the course ahead. But you'd be very wrong, because there's another rumor going around that Amazon is developing a low-cost smart phone – which the company  would give away for free. Even the most devoted Apple aficionados will find that discount hard to ignore. 

So can Amazon emerge from the tech jungle and stay on top? We gathered a list of some of the company's competitors, across a variety of industries.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $94.27 -0.76%
FB $101.00 1.47%
GOOG $684.12 0.89%
TSLA $143.67 -3.09%
YHOO $27.10 1.04%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 15,914.74 -99.64 -0.62%
S&P 500 1,851.86 -0.35 -0.02%
NASDAQ 4,283.5920 +14.8290 0.35%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs