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What: Shares of Boyd Gaming Company (NYSE: BYD ) were on a hot streak today, gaining as much as 12%, and finishing up 10% after updating its guidance last night.
So what: Ahead of its earnings report coming out shortly, the casino chain actually said it expects results to come in worse than its previous guidance. It now sees adjusted EBITDA from its Borgata property at $15 to $17 million, compared to previous guidance of $22 to $24 million, and it lowered its EPS guidance for the quarter to -$0.21 to -$0.27 from -$0.15 to -$0.20. CEO Keith Smith said, "Despite short-term challenges, we remain optimistic about the overall direction of the business."
Now what: The market's reaction to this news was bizarre. Almost always, shares sell off after lowered guidance, but this holiday season was a strange one. Retailers across the board announced terrible preliminary reports as consumers seemed to stay home and keep their money close. Casinos are a very cyclical business, so the market likely expected that attitude to carry over to Boyd, and thought the effects of the weak holiday season would be worse. Despite the market's reaction, I'd be wary of a company popping on a loss, and would also avoid a casino stock without access to hot properties in Macau or Singapore.
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