Why Bally Technologies Shares Popped

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What: Shares of slot-machine maker Bally Technologies (NYSE: BYI  ) climbed as high as 10% today after its quarterly results and guidance topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: Bally shares have rallied nicely over the past year on improved profits, and today's small fourth-quarter beat -- adjusted EPS of $0.78 versus the consensus of $0.77 -- coupled with upbeat guidance for 2013, is forcing analysts to raise their price targets yet again. Robust demand at its gaming equipment segment -- revenues spiked 33% to $97 million -- is driving the strong results, suggesting that recent concerns over decreased casino spending are a tad overblown.

Now what: For the full year 2013, management now sees EPS of $2.95-$3.30 versus the average analyst estimate of $3.11. "Our fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results validate our leadership position in gaming technology innovation," said CEO Richard Haddrill. "This innovation leadership and visibility into further growth opportunities for all of our businesses for fiscal 2013 and beyond is tremendously encouraging." Of course, when you couple Bally's still-hefty debt load with the stock's strong momentum, I'd be a little cautious about buying into that bullishness.

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