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Earnings Roundup: Autodesk, Agile top estimates

    Autodesk topped analysts' estimates in its third quarter Thursday, earning $21.9 million, or 38 cents a share, on sales of $221.8 million.

    First Call Corp. consensus pegged the software developer for a profit of 34 cents a share in the quarter.

    Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK) shares closed off 75 cents to $21 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $221.8 million in sales marks a 10 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it earned $16.7 million, or 27 cents a share, on sales of $202.1 million.

    "We had an outstanding quarter," said CEO Carol Bartz in a prepared release. "Our revenue was in the range of expectations and we were a full four cents above consensus estimates."

    Last quarter, Autodesk beat the Street when it raked in $25.3 million, or 43 cents a share, on sales of $226.3 million.

    Autodesk shares soared up to a 52-week high of $56.06 in March before falling to a low of $19.44 in October.

    Seven of the eight analysts following the stock maintain a "buy" recommendation.

    First Call Corp. consensus expects it to earn $1.80 a share in the fiscal year.

    Among other technology companies reporting earnings after the bell Thursday:

  • Agile Software (Nasdaq: AGIL) hurdled analysts' estimates in its second quarter Thursday, posting a loss of $642,000, or 1 cent a share, on sales of $20.2 million.

    Agile shares closed off $9.13 to $63.88 ahead of the earnings report.

    Analysts were looking for a loss of 2 cents a share in the quarter.

    The $20.2 million in sales marks a 192 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it lost $2.1 million, or 7 cents a share, on sales of $6.9 million.

    Licensing sales increased to $15.2 million in the quarter, up 225 percent from $4.7 million in the year-ago quarter.

    It posted a net loss of $14.1 million, or 31 cents a share, compared to a loss of $4.3 million, or 14 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

  • Serena Software (Nasdaq: SRNA) also beat the Street in its third quarter, earning $9.4 million, or 23 cents a share, on sales of $26.6 million.

    Analysts were forecasting a profit of 19 cents a share in the quarter.

    Its shares finished off $2.19 to $51.88 ahead of the earnings report.

    The $26.6 million in sales marks a 40 percent improvement from the year-ago quarter when it raked in $4.7 million, or 12 cents a share, on sales of $19 million.

  • NeoMagic (Nasdaq: NMGC) checked in with its third-quarter results Thursday and its investors can't be pleased.

    It lost $1.4 million, or 6 cents a share, on sales of $3.9 million.

    To put that in perspective, consider that NeoMagic earned $4.1 million, or 16 cents a share, on sales of $70.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

    There was no First Call Corp. consensus estimate this quarter.

    NeoMagic shares closed off 16 cents to $3.53 ahead of the earnings report.