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Amazon Stock Soars After 20-For-1 Split. $10 Billion Share Buyback

Amazon will split its stock in a 20-for-1 adjusted that will begin trading on June 6, the company said Wednesday.

Updated at 10:33 am EST

Amazon  (AMZN)  shares surged higher Thursday after the world's biggest online retailer approved a 20-for-1 stock split and a $10 billion share repurchase plan.

Amazon said shareholders of record on May 25 will receive 19 extra shares of the group for each one held. Trading is expected to begin on a split-adjusted basis on June 6. The group also approved a $10 billion share buyback plan that it said "would enhance long-term shareholder value", according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Amazon purchased $2.12 billion of a $5 billion buyback plan first unveiled in 2016.

The split follows a similar move by Google parent Alphabet  (GOOGL)  earlier this year, likely to take place in July, that would leave investors with one Google stock and a dividend payment of 19 more shares, all priced at around $160 each.

Apple  (AAPL)  and Tesla  (TSLA)  have also executed splits over the past two years, and today's move makes Amazon stock a more attractive and attainable proposition for retail investors who, powered by a wave of mobile trading apps and zero-commission brokers, suddenly find their collective power capturing the attention of the biggest companies in the world. 

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Amazon shares were marked 4.9% higher in early Thursday trading to change hands at $2,922.7.00 each, a move that would still leave the stock with a year-to-date decline of around 12.2%.

Amazon's net income nearly doubled from last year to $14.3 billion over the three months ending in December, thanks in large part to an $11.8 billion boost from Amazon's stake in EV maker Rivian Automotive  (RIVN) .

Sales were up 9% to a record $137.5 billion, while revenues at Amazon Web Services soared 40% to a record $17.8 billion.

Operating expenses were up 13% at $133.95 million, Amazon said, linked largely to labor and shipping cost increases.

Looking into the current quarter, Amazon said it sees operating income of between $3 billion to $6 billion on revenues in the range of $112 billion to $117 billion, compared to the Refinitiv forecast of $120 billion.