Wall Street Rewarding Amazon for Tough Tactics?

shutterstock_150880901In the past month, since the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute became public, Amazon’s stock has gone on a run that saw it close more than 10% higher than its three-month low point.

It could be that investors want to see Amazon put pressure on its suppliers to wring more profit from its operations. As suppliers go, Hachette is important in books but small in the overall scheme of things.

So perhaps Amazon’s stock price bump is more about the anticipated launch of its smartphone with 3D functionality or one of the myriad other announcements from far flung corners of the Amazon empire to hit in the past month.

While it’s often unclear why investors do things, they did send a pretty clear signal on the news of Amazon’s new music streaming service for Prime customers: Shares were trading down nearly 3% at market close yesterday.


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