Xerox Shares Tanked: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of household name Xerox (NYSE: XRX  ) have tanked today by as much as 13%, after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue in the quarter came out to just under $6 billion, a tad shy of the consensus of $6.07 billion, while profit was right on target with the expectations of $0.33 per share. For the full year 2011, revenue totaled $22.6 billion with a $1.3 billion net profit.

Now what: While the next quarter's projected earnings per share of $0.21 to $0.24 weren't particularly impressive, the real devil was in the details. Xerox said that the increase in services signings continues to weigh on gross margins as the company makes initial investments to land new contracts. On the bright side, Xerox's board recently notched up its share repurchase authorization by $500 million to more than $1.3 billion, leading to its expectation of repurchasing between $900 million and $1.1 billion in shares this year.

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