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What: Shares of Internet marketing specialist ReachLocal
So what: ReachLocal, which went public last year, said it sees first-quarter revenue of $83 million to $85 million, versus the average analyst estimate of $86 million. Additionally, the company is now forecasting full-year revenue of $380 million to $400 million, while Wall Street was expecting $407 million.
Now what: I wouldn't be so quick to pounce on this plunge. The stock has performed particularly well since its May IPO, but today's news has Mr. Market questioning if there's a little too much optimism built into the price. ReachLocal's growth prospects certainly remain enticing, but with rising costs and price-pressuring gorillas like Google and Microsoft to worry about, investors would do well to wait for a bigger pullback before jumping in.
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