Revenue Slips for 22nd Straight Quarter, IBM Shares Advance on Upbeat Q4 Guidance

Shares of International Business Machines Corp. jumped dramatically in the extended session on Tuesday after the technology company released better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter.

IBM shares surged more than 5.5% to trade at $154.72 per share after hours. The Armonk, New York-based company reported net income of $2.73 billion, or $2.92 a share for the three-month period to September, down from $3.2 billion, or $2.98 a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted for non-recurring items, earnings were reported to reach $3.30 a share.

Revenue also fell compared to the same period last year, slipping for the 22nd straight quarter. However, revenue ticked down slightly to $19.15 billion from $19.23 billion in the year-ago period, which was much better than the $18.6 billion analysts had been expecting.

IBM’s chief financial officer, Martin Schroeter, said the company forecast a stronger than usual seasonal bounce in revenues for the current quarter. Boosted in part by sales of its new mainframe server, fourth-quarter revenue is projected to hit $22 billion to $22.1 billion, which would top analysts’ average estimate of $21.8 billion for sales.

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