Amazon is ripping higher

Packing tape sits atop a box at an Amazon Fulfillment Center, ahead of the Christmas rush, in Tracy, California, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Noah BergerThomson ReutersPacking tape sits atop a box at an Amazon Fulfillment Center, ahead of the Christmas rush, in Tracy, California

Amazon is surging to all-time highs in premarket trading on Friday after the company reported second-quarter results that blew past expectations.

On Thursday evening, Amazon reported $US23.18 billion in revenues — a 20% year-over-year jump. Earnings per share came in at $US0.19, ahead of the consensus forecast for -$US0.14.

The performance of Amazon Web Services also exceeded expectations, with net sales of $US1.8 billion, an 81% year-over-year jump.

In premarket trading, the stock rose as much as 20% to around $US581 per share. Amazon became bigger than Walmart by market capitalisation on Thursday in after-hours trading.

And overnight, many sell-side analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, and all of the research notes we thumbed through were bullish.

RBC Capital Markets called Amazon its “#1 Long Recommendation,” and Barclays analysts said they had been

“too pessimistic.”

Here’s what the jump in pre-market trading looked like, with the stock set to open at all-time highs on Friday:

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.

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