Cognizant, BlackBerry, Apple: Tech Premarket

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of Cognizant ( CTSH) surged in premarket trading on Wednesday, boosted by the services specialist's better-than-expected first-quarter results and guidance.

The Teaneck, N.J.-based firm brought in revenue of $2.02 billion, an 18.1% hike on the prior year's quarter and above analysts' estimates of $2.01 billion.

Excluding items, Cognizant earned $1.02 a share, up from 88 cents a share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts surveyed by Yahoo! Finance were looking for earnings of 93 cents a share.

Also see: Symantec Slumps on Shrinking Profit From Reorganization

Cognizant shares rose 5.5% to $68.45 before market open.

"Our performance during the first quarter was strong, and we are encouraged by the healthy demand for our broad range of services," said Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza, in a statement.

Also see: Tesla's Wild Ride: Tech Winners & Losers (Update 1)

For the second quarter, Cognizant expects revenue of at least $2.13 billion and earnings, excluding items, of $1.06 a share. Analysts surveyed by Yahoo! Finance were expecting sales of $2.11 billion and earnings of 97 cents a share.

The company also reaffirmed its full-year revenue guidance of at least 17% growth and expanded its stock repurchase program by $500 million to $1.5 billion.

BlackBerry ( BBRY) was another gainer before market open, rising 1.95% to $15.11. The Canadian handset maker was also the most active premarket Nasdaq stock on share volume of 394,842.

Apple ( AAPL) shares rose 0.29% to $459.98, while Yahoo! ( YHOO) crept up 0.08% to $12.45.

Facebook ( FB) rose 0.19% to $26.94, while Tesla ( TSLA), which reports its first-quarter results after market close, climbed 2.68% to $57.

Symantec ( SYMC), however, was a big loser, plunging 6.37% to $23.50 after reporting its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday. The software maker's shares were weighed down by its shrinking profit.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com

If you liked this article you might like

Warren Buffett Has $100 Billion to Spend, What's He Going to Buy?

Warren Buffett Has $100 Billion to Spend, What's He Going to Buy?

Cognizant Is Top Quality, Reasonably Priced

Cognizant Is Top Quality, Reasonably Priced

Companies That Did the Most 2017 Hiring, According to Monster

Companies That Did the Most 2017 Hiring, According to Monster

These Are the Biggest Winners and Losers in Activist Investing This Year

These Are the Biggest Winners and Losers in Activist Investing This Year

Comcast, Lululemon, EQT and Other New Activist Investments

Comcast, Lululemon, EQT and Other New Activist Investments