The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Amazon.com Inc, eBay Inc, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Inc and Google

 The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Amazon.com Inc, eBay Inc, Apple, Barnes &
                            Noble, Inc and Google

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CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), eBay Inc.
(EBAY), Apple (AAPL), Barnes & Noble, Inc. (BKS) and Google (GOOG).

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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

Amazon Christens Wine Marketplace

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has recently announced the launch of its new virtual
wine marketplace, offering customers an opportunity to shop from a selection
of more than 1000 domestic brands of wines.

Amazon Wine will feature selections from some of the big wineries in the
United States, including Francis Ford Coppola, Hall, Mark Ryan, Eden Canyon,
Pepper Bridge and Roadhouse. Additionally, the website will provide detailed
information about individual wines, including their composition, alcohol
content and American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Management stated that customers could order up to six bottles of wine for
$9.99, without having to pay any shipping cost. Currently, the shipping
service will be available in California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho,
Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
and the District of Columbia.

Amazon had tried to enter the virtual wine market a few years ago but could
not take its plans ahead due to strict regulations governing the sale and
delivery of alcohol across the U.S. state borders.

According to a study conducted by MarketResearch.com, the U.S. wine market is
expected to touch $33.5 billion with 871 million gallons of wine sales by
2013. The study forecasts that wine shipments will expand at a compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of over 3% from 2010 to 2013.

Amazon is one of the leading players in the extremely fast-growing retail
ecommerce market and its strength lies in its huge scale of offerings, its
broad reach and platform approach. We believe the market leader should
continue to grow as long as the market is expanding.

At the same time, we think that there is a certain amount of uncertainty
regarding Amazon's investment plans, which could pressure earnings in the near
term.

At the moment, however, most of Amazon's competition (whether direct or
indirect) continues to come from eBay Inc. (EBAY), Apple (AAPL), Barnes &
Noble, Inc. (BKS) and Google (GOOG).

Currently, Amazon has a Zacks #4 Rank, which implies a Sell rating in the near
term.

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