The online retailer has accomplished much, but pressures are mounting.
Long-established dot.com's and game makers are breaking new ground, and Internet security is an increasing concern.
The stock is trading at an all-time high on investor optimism about cloud services and other technology initiatives. But those are a small part of the overall business.
Last week's optimism fades as structural problems and trouble in Europe re-emerge, threatening a months-long downtrend.
The bears see a company that's getting little out of its rampant spending; the bulls see the next Amazon.
The charts are signaling vulnerability and the economy contracted in Q4.
A lack of it in the past made consumers seem like an afterthought.
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