NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- IT services firm Cognizant Technology Solutions ( CTSH) reported $284.2 million in net profit for the first quarter, a 16.6% increase from the same quarter of 2012. Revenue rose 18.1% to $2.02 billion from $1.71 billion the same period a year ago. The company had forecast revenue of at least $2 billion. The firm also maintained its outlook of 17% revenue growth for this year. The company expects annual revenue to reach at least $8.6 billion. Looking ahead to the next quarter, Cognizant expects revenues of at least $2.13 billion. Analysts had been expecting revenue of $2.11 billion, according Reuters. The company also increased its share repurchase program by $500 million to $1.5 billion. "Our performance during the first quarter was strong, and we are encouraged by the healthy demand for our broad range of services," CEO Francisco D'Souza said in a statement. Internet provider AOL ( AOL) reported first-quarter revenue that grew 2% to $538 million on an increase in advertising revenue. The company said total ad revenue grew to $359 million from $330 million, and that AOL Properties display ads experienced particular strength. Growth in search revenue helped offset a loss in subscribers. AOL said subscription revenue fell 9% from the same period a year ago to $166 million, though the decline slowed. The average monthly churn rate slightly dipped to 1.9% from 2% in the year-ago quarter. "Growth continues at AOL," Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said in a statement. "AOL's strategy of being the first scaled media and technology company is clearly represented in our results today, and we will continue to aggressively drive the company toward near-and long-term growth." Earnings at the company rose to $25.9 million from $21.1 million a year ago. McDonald's ( MCD) reported a bigger-than-expected drop in comparable sales in April, weighed down by global economic challenges.