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Wall Street looks for signs of Amazon's investments paying off

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When online retail giant Amazon reports third-quarter earnings after the bell Thursday, investors will be looking for updates on a range of recent initiatives and acquisitions from the company that rarely turns a profit.

Some pertinent questions: How much are its efforts to attract and retain customers hurting its earnings growth? Are small businesses adopting Amazon Local Register? How's the roll-out of same-day delivery service in New York and five other cities going so far? And what of its recent $1 billion acquisition of video game streaming site Twitch?