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What: Shares of oil and gas company W&T Offshore (NYSE: WTI ) fell 15% today after the company reported weak earnings and outlook for 2011.
So what: The company's Gulf of Mexico assets are old, tired, and producing less oil than expected. As a result, fourth-quarter revenue of $187 million fell short of estimates of $190.9 million. On the plus side, adjusted earnings per share reached $0.40 in the quarter, higher than estimates of $0.36.
Now what: Another concern for investors is the shift from 51% natural gas production to 60% natural gas in 2011, because natural gas prices have remained relatively low. I don't see a lot of optimism in today's outlook despite slightly better than expected earnings numbers. For now I am going to leave shares alone and wait for some better news to emerge.
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