Electronic Data Systems

(EDS)

reported third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates by a penny, as the company signed contracts totaling $6.2 billion during the period.

EDS earned $278.7 million, or 59 cents a diluted share, in the latest third quarter. According to

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, analysts were expecting the company to earn 58 cents a share. The company earned 51 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.

Revenue for the third quarter rose to $4.75 billion from $4.71 billion a year ago.