Few companies cast as long a shadow across the business world today asĀ Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN).

And as you might expect from a company that has turned its dominance in online retail into a business empire that now includes seemingly unrelated offerings like entertainment and cloud business services, Amazon's stock price has been on fire lately.

Next week, investors everywhere will have another chance to check in on Amazon's empire when it reports its fourth-quarter 2013 earnings on Thursday.

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Amazon will likely once again post impressive growth results, both on the top and bottom lines, but this probably shouldn't come as a surprise for investors these days.

So what else should investors look for from Amazon's report?

It's always interesting to hear what, if any, emerging growth opportunities Amazon sets its sights on. And with news that Amazon is contemplating innovative business moves like drone delivery and online streaming television, its earnings can provide invaluable insight into where Amazon thinks technology is headed.

In the video below, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner looks at Amazon's earnings expectations and the other story lines investors should watch when the company reports earnings on Thursday.

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