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What: Shares of senior living services provider Emeritus (UNKNOWN: ESC.DL  ) climbed as high 10% today after its quarterly results and outlook impressed Wall Street.

So what: The stock has slumped in recent months on concerns over slowing growth, but today's Q2 results -- adjusted cash from facility operations increased 20% on a revenue jump of 27% -- coupled with decent guidance for the full year naturally eases some of those worries. In fact, Emeritus' occupancy rate rebounded 20 basis points sequentially to 86.7%, giving analysts plenty of good vibes about its growth going forward.  

Now what: For the full year, management still sees CFFO of $2.10-$2.20 per share on revenue of $1.85 billion-$1.90 billion.

"The 75-plus demographic continues to expand," CEO Granger Cobb said in a conference call with analysts. "In addition, as the economy and consumer confidence improves, and people become more educated about senior living options, we expect market penetration to increase."

Given Emeritus' still-hefty debt load, however, conservative Fools should think twice before buying into those prospects.

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