Websense Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Websense (Nasdaq: WBSN  ) fell more than 14% in early trading before closing down 10%. The website-security specialist disappointed investors by lowering guidance.

So what: Most of Websense's Q3 report was otherwise impressive. Revenue increased 9% to $92.1 million while adjusted per share earnings rose 19% to $0.44. Analysts were expecting $91.5 million and $0.41 a share, respectively, according to data compiled by Yahoo! Finance.

Now what: Investors nevertheless focused on management's reduced guidance. In a press release, Websense cut the high end of its fiscal 2011 earnings estimate by two pennies -- from $1.60 to $1.58 a share. Interestingly, security software peer Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC  ) took a similar tack after market close today in lowering revenue estimates for the December quarter. Does either cut matter? Would you buy shares of Websense now? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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