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Amazon posts lower 4Q net income but stock jumps

January 29, 2013 • Business


In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 photo, amazon shipments are packaged in Koblenz, Germany. Amazon’s fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep pace with increased spending on order fulfillment and digital content, a trend that’s become the norm for the world’s largest online retailer. (AP Photo/dapd, Harald Tittel)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep pace with increased spending on order fulfillment and digital content, a trend that’s become the norm for the world’s largest online retailer.

The company’s financial results missed Wall Street’s expectations — but investors sent the world’s top online retailer’s stock up more than 9 percent in after-hours trading.

“It boggles the mind,” said BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis, who attributed the stock price jump to slightly stronger-than-expected operating income. “A lot of people scratch their head at the valuation given to Amazon and the support the stock has.”

The company says it has been investing a lot of its income into enhancing its Login to read more

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