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What: Shares of Halcon Resources (NYSE:HK) were flowing in the wrong direction today, falling as much as 15% after reporting earnings this morning.
So what: Results were mostly in line with estimates, as the shale explorer and producer delivered an adjusted EPS of $0.05 on expectations of $0.06. Without adjustments, however, profits were just $0.01 per share. Revenues, meanwhile, shot up more than 600%, in line with expectations, due to a variety of acquisitions. Lease operating expense also fell sharply by 47%.
Now what: The market seems to be excessively punishing Halcon for the earnings miss, which seems worse when looked at percentage-wise, as net income was about 20% below expectations. The market was perhaps expecting an earnings beat. That may look problematic, but the shale plays on which Halcon Resources are focused have serious growth potential. I wouldn't give up on Halcon just yet. You can keep track of all the latest developments by adding the company to your Watchlist here.
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