The Amazon Dividend Dilemma

An investment contributor with U.S. News & World Report, is working on a story about Amazon and its future possibly of offering a dividend. As Amazon has been a super-hot story lately, we are limiting the time of this query. Please reply to these questions *via email* no later than 4 p.m. EDT Friday, April 6. Earlier responses are strongly encouraged, as this story will get excellent play. 1) The obvious question: Will Donald Trump’s continued railing on Amazon pose any real threat to the stock’s viability? 2) Why do you think, up until now, Amazon has not offered a dividend? 3) Likewise, why isn’t it splitting its stock? It’s prohibitively high for the average investor. 4) Do investors want this dividend, and if so, how much do they want it? What might compel Jeff Bezos and Amazon to offer a dividend? 5) Is there any reason to believe a dividend will ever happen, in the near or later term? 6) Anything else to add? Stats or reflections based on your own observations/opinions/experiences especially helpful. Please, as a courtesy, no follow up emails asking me if I’ve used your material; we anticipate heavy response to this query. The story will run Tues. April 10.