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Amazon shares jump after earnings surprise

By Blake Ellis, contributing writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Shares of Amazon.com jumped in after-hours trading Thursday after the online retailer easily topped Wall Street's expectations during the fourth-quarter holiday shopping season.

Net income for the three months ending Dec. 31 jumped 71% to $384 million, or 85 cents per share. Revenue rose 42% to $9.5 billion from a year ago.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were looking for earnings of 72 cents a share on sales of $9 billion.

As part of the earnings release, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos highlighted the success of his company's Kindle electronic reader. "Millions of people now own Kindles," he said in a prepared statement. "We sell 6 Kindle books for every 10 physical books."

Looking ahead, Amazon forecast first-quarter sales between $6.45 billion and $7 billion, which is well above analysts' expectations of $6.36 billion.

Amazon.com (AMZN, Fortune 500) shares rose 2% after the closing bell after adding $3.28 to end at $126.03 in regular trade. To top of page

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 21,080.28 -2.67 -0.01%
Nasdaq 6,210.19 4.94 0.08%
S&P 500 2,415.82 0.75 0.03%
Treasuries 2.25 -0.01 -0.22%
Data as of 5:46am ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 23.24 -0.01 -0.04%
Advanced Micro Devic... 11.00 0.02 0.18%
General Electric Co 27.45 -0.04 -0.15%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 5.29 0.11 2.12%
Ford Motor Co 10.93 0.07 0.64%
Data as of May 26
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