The Glenview, Ill., industrial group's net income rose to $2.04 a share from $1.90 a share in the year-earlier period. Revenue slipped 3.7% to $3.48 billion.
A survey of analysts by FactSet was expecting earnings of $1.94 a share on revenue of $3.54 billion.
Operating margin widened 0.4 percentage point to 25%; free cash flow rose 12% to $830 million; and after-tax return on invested capital added 1.2 percentage points to
ITW delivered the results even as "the demand environment continued to moderate across a broad cross section of our portfolio," Chief Executive E. Scott Santi said in a statement.
The company affirmed its full-year 2019 GAAP EPS guidance of $7.55 to $7.85 a share, compared with $7.60 in 2018. FactSet's survey was looking for $7.58.
Illinois Tool Works stock at last check traded at $170.94, up 6.8%. Through Thursday's close, ITW stock had been up 26% in 2019.
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