Why Owens Corning’s Shares Dropped

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What: Shares of composite and building materials maker Owens Corning (NYSE: OC  ) saw its shares fall as much as 12% after updating 2012 earnings guidance.

So what: The company now expects full-year earnings before interest and taxes of between $280 million and $310 million. Previously the company expected EBIT of $360 million-$420 million. The reason shipments will fall is a price hike the company implemented in September.

Now what: It looks like the market wasn't ready for higher prices and Owens Corning may have miscalculated a price hike. The good news is that the insulation business will be better because of an improved housing market. The stock is trading at 23 times trailing earnings even after the drop and I don't think this is sending out any buy signals today. I'll wait for a fundamental improvement to jump into this stock.

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