News Summary: Amazon posts lower 4Q net income

The Associated Press
January 29, 2013
Amazon posts lower 4Q net income but stock jumps

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)

PROFIT DOWN: Amazon's fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep pace with more spending on order fulfillment, digital content and other investments.

MISSED EXPECTATIONS: The company earned 21 cents per share, while revenue grew 22 percent to $21.27 billion from $17.43 billion. Analysts expected earnings of 28 cents per share on revenue of $22.26 billion.

STOCK SOARS: Profit margins improved, and Seattle-based Amazon's shares rose $24, or 9.2 percent, to $284.35 in after-hours trading. The stock closed down $15.69, or 5.7 percent, at $260.35.