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What: Shares of fuel cell manufacturer FuelCell Energy
So what: Investors are gearing up for FuelCell's earnings announcement, which is slated to hit the wires at the end of the day. Based on the massive volume and the heady jump in the stock price, there are obviously traders out there who think FuelCell will deliver some good news. Wall Street analysts currently expect that the company's per-share loss for the quarter will be $0.14 versus a $0.21 loss last year.
Now what: Profits and cash flow have not been part of the FuelCell story -- at least not over the past decade -- and though there are some expectations that the company could hit the black within the next few years, this is still a very speculative play. So to me, the idea of chasing shares going into an earnings report is layering speculation on top of speculation (could we call that speculation squared?). Considering that over the past four quarters the company has matched earnings estimates twice and missed twice, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of reason to expect a sudden earnings beat. Could the betters jumping in today be right? It's certainly possible, but Foolish investors are better off shying away from chasing this move.
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