The stock jumped 5 to 43 9/16 the day after it closed off at a new 52-week low.
While the results topped most forecasts, they still were far worse when compared with how the Schaumburg, Ill.-based electronics company performed in the same period a year ago. In that quarter, the maker of semiconductor and wireless communications products earned $308 million, or 51 cents a share.
As for its sales, the total came in at $7.2 billion, about 3 percent lower than year-ago revenue of $7.4 billion.
Motorola's profits didn't include one-time pre-tax charges worth $117 million, or 14 cents a share. Those items reflected write-offs from the purchase of Starfish Software and asset gains, Motorola reported.
The company's earnings have been closely watched because of its leadership in the semiconductor and electronics components industries. Those industries have been dragged down this year as economies demand fewer products, like pagers and cell phones, around the globe.
To boost its profits, Motorola in June set a restructuring program, which included laying off 15,000 workers, or 10 percent of its work force.
The company said its saved $140 million during its third quarter from that program and is on track to save $750 million by the middle of next year.
Written By Tiare Rath