bartz_d_20091020154714Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz can swear as much as she wants with results like these. The company’s sales for the quarter that just ended on September 30th fell 13% from last year, but cost controls boosted the company’s profits to $186 million, more than double last year’s figure.

“With revenue coming in above our guidance and flat sequentially, we had a solid third quarter that signals our major businesses have stabilized,” Bartz said in a prepared statement.

Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew LaVallee liveblogged the call.

yhooCiti’s Mark Mahaney backed a buy rating on YHOO shares:  “Haven’t seen this from Yahoo in a while,” he wrote. “We believe the stock is not priced for this kind of beat and the potential turnaround — both cyclical and executional — it conveys.”

Wall Street wasn’t so enthusiastic. YHOO only bounced back to $17.25, slightly below yesterday’s closing price.

[Photo: Bloomberg News]

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