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Amazon’s Stock Surges as Quarterly Profits Triple

Amazon’s third-quarter financial performance exceeded expectations, with a more than threefold increase in net profit. Substantial growth in the advertising and cloud sectors drove the company’s success.

Impressive Earnings

In the third quarter, Amazon’s net income reached $9.9 billion, or $0.94 per share. This represents significant growth compared to the same period last year when the net income was $2.9 billion, or $0.28 per share.

Contributing Factors

Amazon net profit for the July-September period included a pre-tax valuation gain of $1.2 billion from its investment in electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive. This gain was an improvement over the pre-tax valuation gain of $1.1 billion from the previous year.

Revenue on the Rise

The company’s revenue for the third quarter surged by 13 percent year-on-year, reaching $143.1 billion. This surpassed the average estimate of $141.4 billion forecasted by analysts.

A Remarkable Streak

The third quarter marked Amazon’s 12th consecutive quarter with sales exceeding $100 billion.

Amazon’s Achievements

Amazon’s operating income for the third quarter increased to $11.2 billion, compared to $2.5 billion during the same period in 2022. Amazon’s stock, which has risen by approximately 39 percent since the beginning of the year, faced a slight decline of nearly 1.50 percent, closing at $119.57 on Thursday. Nevertheless, it surged to $122.85 per share in after-hours trading, though these gains were later reversed.

International and North American Markets

North American market sales, exceeding $87.8 billion in the September quarter, contributed more than 61 percent to Amazon’s total sales. International market sales increased by almost 16 percent annually, reaching over $32.1 billion, and contributing more than 22.4 percent to overall sales.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s subsidiary providing cloud computing services, displayed strong sales momentum. AWS revenue reached $23.1 billion in the third quarter, missing analysts’ expectations but still rising annually by more than 12.2 percent.

Expert Analysis

Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at Investing.com, commented on Amazon’s performance, highlighting the company’s strong results in its AWS cloud business and cost-saving measures.

Optimistic Outlook

Amazon anticipates fourth-quarter revenue between $160 billion and $167 billion, a 7 percent to 12 percent increase compared to the same period the previous year. Operating income is projected to range between $7 billion and $11 billion, significantly higher than the $2.7 billion in the fourth quarter of the previous year.

Continued Growth

Despite challenges in the tech sector, Amazon’s performance remains strong. The company’s robust guidance for the upcoming holiday quarter indicates its resilience and potential for continued growth.

Advertising Success

Amazon’s advertising income in the previous quarter reached $12.1 billion, surpassing expectations with a 26 percent increase compared to the expected $11.6 billion.

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Global Influence

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