Why Foster Wheeler Shares Popped

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What: Shares of engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler (NASDAQ: FWLT  ) climbed 11% today after its quarterly results and outlook impressed Wall Street.

So what: The stock has been volatile over the past year on concerns over weak global demand, but today's wide Q2 earnings beat -- adjusted EPS of $0.54 versus the consensus of $0.33 -- coupled with upbeat guidance naturally eases some of that worry. While revenue in the quarter slipped 8%, operating margins in both its global engineering and construction and global power segments increased nicely over the year-ago period, giving analysts plenty of good vibes about its profitability going forward.

Now what: Don't expect the operating momentum to slow anytime soon. "We are raising our full-year earnings guidance," said CEO Kent Masters. "We now expect our full-year 2013 adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be moderately above $1.54, due in part to the company's strong performance in the second quarter of 2013." Of course, with the stock flirting with 52-week highs and trading at a P/E around 25, much of that bullishness might already be baked into the price.

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