01.08.2019 03:17:00

Cognizant Looks Solid Despite Banking Weakness

The past decade has been a goldmine for Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ: CTSH), as enterprise customers have had to turn to information technology consultants to find solutions to keep up with their peers. In a world in which cloud computing, data analytics, and other cutting-edge capabilities have become commonplace, Cognizant provides much-needed expertise to ensure that companies big and small make the right moves for their IT needs.Coming into Wednesday's second-quarter financial report, Cognizant investors had high hopes for seeing modest revenue growth, but they were ready once again to see some downward moves in earnings. Cognizant's results were mixed, but they had enough high points to give shareholders some confidence that the company is making progress toward its long-term strategic goals.Cognizant's second-quarter results had good and bad points. Revenue growth of 3.4% was slower than in the previous quarter, as sales came in at $4.14 billion. That number matched what most people were expecting to see on the top line. Net income of $509 million was higher by 12% from year-earlier levels, but after accounting for some extraordinary items, adjusted earnings of $0.94 per share were down more than 10% over the same period. Even so, the figure was $0.02 per share better than the consensus forecast among investors.Continue reading
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