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Mastercard and UPS say that power consumption is strong – but Amazon is a real test



Consumer spending is in full focus Thursday after optimistic indications from United Parcel Service Inc. and Mastercard Inc. before macroeconomic uncertainty. But the real test comes after the bells when it comes to Amazon.com Inc.

UPS

UPS + 5.32%

Executive directors say the company was more productive this year during the peak of the holiday season, and the ship's giant still benefits from investing in automation. Despite some geopolitical winds, "e-commerce offers all sorts of opportunities," executive director David Abney said. The most recent consumer initiative initiative is a partnership with the Shop Runner organizer, whereby members of the UPS My Choice program are entitled to two-day delivery through the service.

MasterCard

MA + 3.61%

admitted the "recent decline in consumer confidence" in several European countries, but the company launched, announcing the acceleration of dollar volume growth. The company achieved more optimism than the peer Visa Inc., which frightened investors with their prospects before the afternoon.

But the final report comes after the ringtones: Amazon

AMZN, + 3.79%

had a noticeable line of expectations for quarterly holiday revenue, and would look to break this form.

Other noted reports

• If there are current winnings, General Electric Co.

GE, + 14.40%

Shares will announce their biggest increase for more than a decade. The aids were the strong achievements of companies in aviation and renewable energy sources, which helped overcome total lost profits.

• Marlboro stake losses do not affect Altria Group Inc.

MO + 1.80%

shares, which on Thursday despite a mixed report.

• Things not so sweet at Hershey Co.

HSY, + 0.09%

but the company claims that its downloads of Skinny Pop and Pirate Booty have announced "strong growth".

• ConocoPhillips

POLICE OFFICER, + 2.03%

spent a bit more on capital spending than some on Wall Street liked, according to analyst Mizuho Paul Sankey, but shares of the oil company go on Thursday.

• Perhaps in one of his latest reports as an independent company, Celgene Corp.

CELG -0.22%

He has seen strong growth in medication that heals psoriasis and multiple myeloma. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

BMY, + 0.93%

announced its plans to buy Celgene earlier this month.

• In recent days, airline companies have given different signals, and the latest is Northrop Grumman Corp.

NOC, + 0.84%

which has brought a disappointing prognosis.

• Charter Communications Inc.

CHTR, + 14.60%

plans to cut its capital spending, and MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said the company "can legitimately be seen again as a story of growth."

• Sprint Corp.

WITH, + 2.32%

The weakest wireless set in terms of postpaid network plug-ins during holidays, said BTIG's Walt Piecyk, downloading 26,000 users. But AT & T Inc.

T + 1.57%

was weaker per year.

It comes after the bells

Look for updates for Amazon's advertising during the ecommerce giant's earnings call. Amazon has quietly built a home page, boosting employment and improving its technology, claims Susquehanna Shyam Patil. These improvements could lead to "significant growth," especially in terms of sponsored products, he said.

Also on the label are the names of cyber-security Proofpoint Inc.

PFPT, + 1.51%

and Symantec Corp.

SYMC, -0.19%

Proofpoint adjusts its sales practices in line with its growing proportions, including placing more emphasis on international sales. Beware of the effects of these changes, which Needham's Alex Henderson called the "right move" in the long run, even if they affect operating margins.


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