Why Teradata Shares Dropped

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What: Shares of Teradata (NYSE: TDC  ) have dropped today by as much as 13% after the company reported third-quarter results.

So what: Revenue in the third quarter fell short of analyst expectations at just $647 million. On a constant currency basis, revenue increased 10%. The results were somewhat mixed though, since the bottom line came out better than expected with non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.69.

Now what: CEO Mike Koehler said it was a tough macro environment, but that Teradata's three core markets of data warehousing, big data analytics, and integrated marketing management are as strong as ever. However, Teradata now expects full-year 2012 revenue growth to be at the low end of its guidance, which calls for 12% to 14% growth. Earnings per share should be in the middle of the outlook, which is expected between $2.34 and $2.44.

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  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2012, at 9:44 PM, notthisagain wrote:

    Companies don't miss on revenue, analyst's miss on estimates!

    The company numbers are real world results of all the variables that affect them. The analyst expectations are a calculated guess.

    Maybe if the analyst was held responsible for their misinformation the market would be less hectic. Instead of slash and burn the company what if the reaction was to tar and feather the analyst.

    Would they be more careful in what they present?

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