Netflix jumped 37 percent, or $39.01, to $142.18. Analysts had expected rising expenses to lead the provider of movies and television shows to post a loss in the last three months of 2012. But Netflix said late Wednesday that it turned a profit with the help of 2 million new subscribers.
Microsoft and Starbucks are scheduled to report after the closing bell.
In the market for U.S. government bonds, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note edged up to 1.86 percent from 1.83 percent late Wednesday.