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What: Shares of RPC
So what: Normally when a stock falls this far, it misses expectations by a mile, but RPC was actually better than analysts expected in the second quarter. Revenue of $443 million beat estimates of $410.5 million, and earnings per share were in line with expectations at $0.50.
Now what: So why the fuss today? Higher revenue and profit in line with expectations means margins were lower than expected -- that’s what investors are focused on today. Management pointed to higher costs for materials and maintenance costs for the lower margins. Before we panic too much here, I will point out that earnings were in line with expectations, and the stock is only trading at 10.6 times forward earnings estimates, so this price dip looks like a buying opportunity to me.
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