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What: Shares of jewelry retailer Blue Nile
So what: The company posted earnings of $0.41 per share, below the $0.43 analysts expected, on revenue of $114.8 million. Guidance of $0.15 in earnings for the first quarter didn't help the cause, coming in below expectations of $0.20.
Now what: Citigroup piled on the results by downgrading the stock from buy to hold, so nothing seems to be going right for Blue Nile today. Management tried to spin the results positively, pointing to a strong holiday season and growth opportunities going forward. Considering the already high 50 forward price/earnings ratio for 2011 and these weak results last quarter, I am going to have to shop elsewhere for my jewels for now.
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