Amazon Stock Jumps as Cloud Growth Fuels Blowout Quarter

Amazon beat expectations for the first quarter and the Dow Jones stock is soaring. Here's what you need to know.

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(Image credit: Getty Images) (AMZN) stock is up nearly 4% out of the gate Wednesday after the e-commerce giant disclosed higher-than-expected earnings and revenue for its first quarter.

In the three months ended March 31, Amazon's revenue increased 12.5% from the year-ago period to $143.3 billion and its earnings per share (EPS) more than tripled to 98 cents.

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Joey Solitro

Joey Solitro is a freelance financial journalist at Kiplinger with more than a decade of experience. A longtime equity analyst, Joey has covered a range of industries for media outlets including The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, Market Realist, and TipRanks. Joey holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.