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What: News of a big boost in sales expectations gave a similar lift to Titan International
So what: Titan announced last night that full-year sales are tracking toward $1.4 billion, a level higher than its most optimistic best guess of earlier this year. Unfortunately, even $1.4 billion likely won't be enough to satisfy Wall Street, which has been predicting Titan would sell nearly $1.5 billion worth of goods this year.
Now what: This probably explains why the stock fell back nearly as fast as it rushed out of the gate this morning. At 38 times trailing earnings, Titan already has a lot of optimism baked into its stock price. On average, analysts expect the company to grow earnings nearly 25% per year over the next five years, including big jumps this year and next (which explains why its forward P/E ratio is only 7.1).
This could be a problem. To justify the stock's price, Titan probably needs to grow faster than consensus estimates. But based on yesterday's news, that's going to be difficult to accomplish. Unless Titan turns out to have been lowballing us when earnings finally come out, I could see the stock giving up quite a bit of its market premium.
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