Amazon surges, eyes Wall Street record gain in value

Amazon surges, eyes Wall Street record gain in value


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 A day after Facebook owner Meta Platforms suffered the biggest loss of stock market value in history for a U.S. company, Amazon

Shares of the online retail and cloud computing giant surged almost 15% on Friday following its blowout quarterly report, expanding its market capitalization by more than $200 billion as of mid-day.

If Amazon’s stock were to close at that level, it would beat Apple

Amazon is now valued at about $1.6 trillion. With Meta Platforms’ stock dipping an additional 2% on Friday, its stock market value stood at about $653 billion.

Amazon’s shares jumped after company reported better-than-expected profits late on Thursday and said it was hiking the price of its annual U.S. Prime subscriptions by 17%.

The surge in the value of Amazon comes a day after Meta Platforms’ stock market value plunged more than $200 billion in the biggest single-day loss for a U.S. company after the social media giant issued a dismal forecast.

“After fighting the post-lockdown blues in 2021, we believe Amazon’s fortunes have the potential to improve as 2022 unfolds,” Monness Crespi Hardt analyst Brian White wrote in a research note. “Amazon is uniquely positioned to exit this crisis as one of the biggest beneficiaries of accelerated digital transformation.”

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