* VSE, an Alexandria company that provides engineering and security services, earned $257,000 (12 cents per share) in the third quarter, up from $211,000 (10 cents) in the year-earlier period. Revenue in the quarter rose to $37.8 million from $29 million. Shares of VSE closed at $7.25, up 19 cents.

* Vastera, a Dulles company that sells business software, said it lost $4.2 million (10 cents per share) in the third quarter. It reported a loss of $9.9 million (26 cents) in the year-earlier period. Quarterly revenue rose to $19.3 million from $17.4 million. The firm ended the quarter with $27.1 million in cash and cash equivalents. Shares of Vastera closed at $3.39, down 5 cents.

* VeriSign, a California provider of domain-name registration services, narrowed its third-quarter loss to $79.7 million (34 cents per share), from $386.7 million ($1.91) in the year-earlier period. VeriSign, previously based in Dulles, said quarterly revenue rose to $301.4 million from $255.2 million. The company ended the quarter with $212.7 million in cash and cash equivalents. Shares of VeriSign closed at $7.41, down 1 cent.

Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers, washingtonpost.com and Dow Jones News Service