Equinix Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of data center services specialist Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX  ) jumped as much as 14.6% overnight, and even the after-hours action was raucous.

So what: Given recent events in the networking industry, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Equinix got a buyout offer today. But it's actually simpler than that: This was a classic beat-and-raise performance in the first quarter, followed by the announcement of an ambitious expansion plan across Europe and the USA.

Now what: With Terremark and SAVVIS (Nasdaq: SVVS  ) off the table and folded into much larger telecom and data networks, Equinix is left as the largest network-neutral service provider in its industry. That's actually a pretty comfortable place to be, as vendor-agnostic enterprise software maker TIBCO Systems (Nasdaq: TIBX  ) will tell you. Equinix is using this quarter's success to invest in future growth, which is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

Interested in more info on Equinix? Add it to your watchlist.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies discussed here. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool is investors writing for investors.


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