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Earthlink Turns a Profit

The Internet service provider swung to positive earnings for the first quarter, beating analysts' estimates.

Internet service provider

Earthlink

(ELNK)

swung to a first-quarter profit that beat expectations, and the company upped its full-year forecast.

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The Atlanta, Ga.,-based company reported a first-quarter profit of $54.4 million, or 49 cents a share, compared with a loss of $30 million, or 24 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. Results beat Wall Street's expectations for a profit of 33 cents a share.

Quarterly revenue, though, slipped to $263.1 million from $324.1 million a year earlier, a decrease of 18.8%. The Thomson First Call average estimate was for revenue of $265.1 million. Earthlink said it expected the decline in revenue after the company allowed its narrowband subscriber base to decline to a more sustainable customer level while generating significantly higher cash returns.

Earthlink also upped its full-year outlook. The company now expects net income in a range of $153 million to $163 million, which is in line with analysts' estimates. Earthlink also expects annual adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (or EBITDA) to fall between $245 million and $260 million, compared with the Thomson First Call average estimate of $241.5 million.

Shares of Earthlink were rising by 35 cents, or 4.3%, to $8.47. Among other Internet-related telecom names,

Time Warner Cable

(TWC)

gained 0.4%,

AT&T

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was off 0.1%,

Verizon

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gained 0.2% and

Comcast

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was tacking on 0.1%.

Microsoft

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slipped 0.4%, while

Time Warner

(TWX)

rose 1.5%.