Digital River Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of e-commerce enabler Digital River (Nasdaq: DRIV  ) fell more than 18% in early trading after the company reduced full-year guidance.

So what: Management now expects the company to earn $1.12 a share on $393 million in 2011 revenue. Earlier estimates had called for $1.15 a share on $405.5 million, Reuters reports, while analysts were looking for $406.2 million and $1.14 a share.

Now what: Fools have expressed mixed feelings about Digital River for a while now, giving it just three of five stars in Motley Fool CAPS. My own analysis says the stock is underrated, but lower guidance doesn’t inspire much confidence. Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think about Digital River using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2011, at 8:05 PM, johndoe29 wrote:

    What if Digital River loses their biggest client, Microsoft, like their previous biggest bread earner Symantec left them.. MS will eventually grow out of Digital River, I'm afraid. They have a tendency to rely so much on one client...

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