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What: Shares of crane-maker Manitowoc
So what: Excluding special items, Manitowoc posted fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of $15 million, or $0.11 per share, versus the average analyst estimate of just $0.04 per share. The embattled Manitowoc has struggled massively to pay down its big debt load during the downturn, but today's results seem to be giving investors plenty of hope that the worst is finally behind it.
Now what: I'd wait for a pullback before jumping into Manitowoc. With today's 20% surge, the shares have now more than doubled from the 52-week lows set this past summer and trade at a 25-ish forward P/E. While management believes that the crane segment will post impressive double-digit sales growth in 2011, Mr. Market already seems to be discounting much of that improvement.
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