Updated from Tuesday, Jan. 26 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (TheStreet) -- Yahoo! (YHOO) surpassed Wall Street profit and revenue targets for its fourth quarter, offering further evidence of a media-wide rebound in advertising spending.
After the market close Tuesday, Yahoo! posted adjusted earnings of 15 cents a share, which excluded restructuring costs, besting the consensus estimate of 11 cents a share, according to a poll of analysts by Thomson Reuters.
Including those charges, Yahoo! earned $153 million in the quarter, or 11 cents a share, on revenue of $1.73 billion. Though its top-line figure marked a 4% decline from a year ago, it was better than the $1.23 billion analysts were expecting, again according to Thomson Reuters.
As for outlook, Yahoo! said it expects first-quarter revenue of $1.575 million to $1.675 million. It didn't provide a per-share earnings forecast, but said income from operations would reach $90 million to $110 million. Analysts were looking for Yahoo! to earn 10 cents a share for the first three months of 2010, on revenue of $1.16 billion.
Investors appeared to applaud the results. In after-hours trading Tuesday, Yahoo! shares rose to $16.35, up 2.7% from their close in the regular session, when they advanced by 13 cents.
The shares were trading higher in the premarket session Wednesday at $16.62.
-- Written by Scott Eden in New York
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