Software maker

Verity

(VRTY)

was up 12.8% in preopen

Island

trading. After the close Wednesday, it posted second-quarter earnings of 23 cents a share, beating the

First Call/Thomson Financial

estimate of 20 cents. The company earned 3 cents a share in the year-ago period. Verity also projected earnings for the third quarter of 23 cents to 25 cents a share and 24 cents to 27 cents for the fourth quarter. The Street expects 22 cents for the third quarter and 23 cents for the fourth quarter.