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Dell(DELL) was the star in after-hours action on Tuesday after the PC giant
soundly beat Wall Street's profit expectations despite a negligible miss on the top line.
The company posted a non-GAAP profit of $1.02 billion, or 53 cents a share, for the three months ended Jan. 28 on revenue of $15.69 billion. The performance was much better than a year-ago equivalent profit of $544 million, or 28 cents a share. The current average estimate of analysts polled by
Thomson Reuters was for earnings of 37 cents a share in the January quarter on revenue of $15.72 billion.
The stock was last quoted at $14.71, up. 5.8%, on volume of 10.3 million, according to
Nasdaq.com. Dell shares were flat for the past year heading into Tuesday's session, and they dipped 1.3% prior to the report. Since hitting a 52-week high of $17.52 in late August, the stock had declined 20% before Tuesday's surge in extended trades.
In the company's conference call following the report, Dell executives reiterated that they are committed to staying a public company in the future, squelching rumblings that the company could be a target for private equity.
ValueClick(VCLK) jumped in late trades after the Westlake Village, Calif.-based online marketing technology company
topped Wall Street expectations for its fourth-quarter results and gave a bullish outlook.
The company reported an adjusted profit of $25.5 million, or 31 cents a share, on revenue of $128.7 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, ahead of the average estimate of analysts polled by
Thomson Reuters for a profit of 23 cents a share on revenue of $124.9 million.
The stock was last quoted at $16.40, up 11%, on volume of around 550,000, according to
Nasdaq.com. Based on a regular session closing price of $14.80, the shares are down nearly 8% since the start of 2011 but they've gained more than 60% in the past year. The stock's 52-week high of $17.23 came on Dec. 9.
For its fiscal first quarter ending in March, ValueClick expects non-GAAP earnings of 21 to 22 cents a share on revenue ranging from $111 million to $113 million. That view compares to the current average analysts' estimates for earnings of 17 cents a share on revenue of $107.8 million in the March period.