Amazon.com (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) managed to pull ahead Friday, despite the broader markets retracting. The online retailing behemoth advanced on talk that its Amazon Prime Video is planning an international expansion, while Apple edged ahead after disclosing plans to offer a fix its iPhone 6 Plus screens. Tesla Motors (TSLA) , however, lost ground after its closely watched shareholder vote to merge with SolarCity (SCTY) .
Amazon.com, in a heated battle with rival Netflix (NFLX) , is reportedly interested in expanding its Amazon Prime Video service by enlarging the international markets that it serves. The online retailing behemoth currently operates its Prime video service in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan, however, it is looking at launching the service in 200 other countries and territories in the near future.
Amazon Prime Video, which operates as a stand-alone business in the U.S., costs $8.99 per month, a tad less than Netflix's $9.99 tab.
Meanwhile, Amazon is also beefing up for the crazy Cyber Monday, looking to also capture more online shoppers. The company launched a 20% discount to its Prime service annual membership, which offers such perks as free two-day shipping. The company's one-day discount lowers the annual membership to $79 from $99, with the discount expiring at midnight tonight.
Both moves helped spur its shares higher, with Amazon closing up 0.50 to $760.16.
Apple gained traction after unveiling a service repair plan for owners of iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. The iconic computer maker acknowledged that some of its iPhone 6 Plus devices will suffer flickering on the smartphone screen after having been dropped a number of times on a hard surface.