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IDEX Shares Popped, Then Dropped: What You Need to Know

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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 industrial-equipment maker IDEX (NYSE: IEX  ) rose by as much as 10% on higher than average volume after reporting strong Q3 results. Unfortunately, the glow didn't last. Weak fourth-quarter earnings guidance took the stock all the way back into negative territory and is down more than 3% as of this writing.

So what: Third-quarter revenue rose 28% to $477 million while adjusted earnings rose 42% to $0.71 a share. Analysts were expecting $468 million and $0.62, respectively, according to data compiled by Yahoo! Finance.

Now what: All the goodwill from that beat disappeared once management released guidance during a call with analysts. Executives said to expect $0.60 to $0.63 a share in Q4 profit, short of the $0.65 Wall Street projected. Does it matter? Would you buy shares of IDEX at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At Fool.com, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at timbeyers.me or send email to tbeyers@fool.com. For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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