Why Texas Industries' Shares Popped

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What: Shares of Texas Industries (NYSE: TXI  ) jumped 15% on Thursday after the company released better-than-expected earnings.

So what: Total sales were flat at $174.6 million, and the company recorded a profit of $60.2 million, or $2.15 per share. When adjusted for a one-time gain, the company just barely broke even, but this was still much better than the $0.34 loss analysts expected.

Now what: After falling short of estimates in the past four quarters, this is a great surprise for investors. The company has turned to a profit well ahead of expectations, but analysts are still expecting a loss next quarter and for the next fiscal year. This is typically the company's best quarter, and I'm not excited about buying a stock posting continued losses. I'm going to leave this pop alone today and may even find it a great time to cash out if I owned shares.

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  • Report this Comment On July 12, 2012, at 5:49 PM, JAVKO wrote:

    As far as the Co's own report goes, adjusted EPS was negative 0.33, or 0.01 better than estimates. They missed on Rev $175.6M Vs. 182.8M expected.

    No guidance was provided!

    The stock up huge on a down day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Explain how such a company with weak B/S, poor earnings and what not goes up 15% on a down day?

    Is this the AMZN of construction sector?????????????

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