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$AMZN | Is It Worth the Extra $20?

Takeaway: Though a price increase likely should have happened years ago, Prime is good enough that an extra $20 bucks won't chase many away.

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Amazon Prime and Amazon Student Prime Membership Fee Changes

 

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  • "For the first time since it was introduced nine years ago, the price of Prime is going up. Existing Prime members will pay $99 per year on their annual renewal date and Amazon Student members will pay $49."
     
  • "The Prime Fresh membership fee will remain unchanged at $299."

Takeaway from Hedgeye’s Brian McGough:

Step 1 for Amazon was to get users hooked on its Prime service. Check. Mission accomplished.

 

Now, the company is going after price. And, while $20 may not seem like a big increase, when things change, people notice.

 

That being said, we have to admit that nine years is a long time to hold price steady. One could certainly argue that Amazon should have done this a number of years ago.

 

But all that really matters is what Prime offers. It's a sticky enough service that many won't be chased away by the $20 price hike.

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INITIAL CLAIMS: SIZING UP THE LABOR CYCLE

Takeaway: This week we take a step back and consider where we are in the cycle.

Sizing up the Cycle

There's not too much incremental in this week's labor market report, so rather than make something out of nothing from the data, we'll try and offer a bit of context on where we are in the cycle. The trendline rate of improvement suggests that the year-over-year change in rolling NSA claims should converge to zero sometime in the late-April/early-May time period as the chart below shows. Historically, that "zero convergence" has marked the metaphorical late innings of the economic expansion. Consider the last two cycles.  Progress converged to zero around December 2006 and April 1999. The expansion persisted for some time thereafter, and equities continued to rise, but both were indications that the cycle was nearing the end of its expansion - arguably fueled by late-stage rotation into equities by retail investment. We don't want to imply that we can pin the tail on the donkey perfectly with this data series, but it has, in the past, been a useful leading indicator and we expect it will again serve as such in this current cycle. 

 

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Yield Spreads

The 2-10 spread fell -1 basis points WoW to 237 bps. 1Q14TD, the 2-10 spread is averaging 242 bps, which is higher by 1 bps relative to 4Q13.

 

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Jonathan Casteleyn, CFA, CMT

 


Cartoon of the Day: Tesla | $TSLA

Cartoon of the Day: Tesla | $TSLA - Tesla.NJ3.13.2014

 

New Jersey just banned automaker Tesla from selling cars directly to consumers in the Garden State, becoming the third, following Arizona and Texas, to impose such restrictions on the company.

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CALL TODAY: The World in 2050? Thought Leader Discussion with Professor Laurence C. Smith

Takeaway: We are hosting a thought leadership & investing discussion with Prof Laurence Smith today at 1pm. The dial-in & call details are below

"Prediction is very difficult.  Especially about the future"

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Natural resource demand, population demographics, economic globalization and climate change will be the ascendant, global forces shaping civilization over the next half century.   

 

We will explore the implications of these emerging dynamics, the challenges for governments and society and prospective investment opportunities born out of a sweeping shift in the distribution of people and power.   

 

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Dr. Laurence C. Smith is Professor and Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth & Space Sciences at UCLA. His research includes topics of Arctic climate change, hydrology, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles including in the journals Science, Nature, and PNAS and won more than $7.7M in research funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA. In 2006 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and in 2007 his work appeared prominently in the Fourth Assessment Report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is currently serving on steering committees for the National Research Council, NASA, and the World Economic Forum. He receives frequent requests to deliver keynotes at public and private speaking events, and in 2012 and 2014 was an invited speaker to the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

His general-audience book THE WORLD IN 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future (Plume: New York, 2011; U.K. edition titled THE NEW NORTH, Profile: London, 2011 with translations in 14 languages) synthesizing cross-cutting trends in natural resource demand, population demographics, economic globalization, and climate change with particular emphasis on northern countries was winner of the Walter P. Kistler Book Award and a NATURE Editor's Pick of 2012. His work has received coverage in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Times, Discover Magazine, NPR, CBC Radio, BBC and others.


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