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TIBCO Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of  TIBCO Software (Nasdaq: TIBX  ) fell as much as 14.5% before closing off 13%. The stock fell in sync with NetApp (Nasdaq: NTAP  ) and a host of other digital data enablers on concerns that tech spending won’t support growth expectations for the sector.

So what: Similarly styled losers included Informatica (Nasdaq: INFA  ) and Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL  ) . Yet the broader selloff doesn't change the truth that all three businesses are doing well. TIBCO, in particular, just yesterday announced a partnership with Logica in the U.K. for a new financial messaging hub capable of handling up to 5 million messages across distinct systems.

Now what: To be fair, TIBCO does trade for a premium to the long-term earnings growth analysts expect. Bad news tends to tank pricey stocks, even when the news isn't directly related to the underlying business. That seems to be what we have here. Where do you stand on this stock? Would you use the selloff as a buying opportunity? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2011, at 10:20 PM, tommyretro wrote:

    Just look at all of the conflicting posts by MF on this stock since July. Pretty sad, eh?

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2011, at 10:33 AM, PhulishMortal wrote:

    What's sad about it? I want differing opinions from different writers. A bunch of writers marching in lockstep to some sort of corporate decree does me no good.

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2011, at 10:59 AM, wyrdmage wrote:

    Tommyretro: I kept loose track of which MF writers are correct in the most important ways (at the top level I prefer David's style and record better than his brother), so I listen those "voices of reason" and compare them to the other valid voices that I have culled from several non-MF sources (MF has the better record than other sources). I give little validity to the other MF writers, but I read them because I appreciate their jolt to my logic that forces me to do a quick check on my current choices. Not even David G. has a perfect record, so I never discount other opinions until I think about them.

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2011, at 11:00 AM, wyrdmage wrote:

    PhulishMortal: Amen. I agree that differing opinions make me a better investor, so it is refreshing to see the liberty that MF gives to their writers to disagree with their boss.

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