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What: Shares of Westlake Chemical
So what: Revenue rose 24.2% to $968.4 million, easily surpassing estimates from analysts of $910.9 million in revenue. Earnings per share of $1.01 also beat estimates by $0.03, so the quarter was very good overall.
Now what: Much of the loss has already been recovered, and shares are currently down just 6%. Sales prices were up 29% during the quarter, showing strong demand, so the drop this morning was a bit puzzling. I think this dip presents a great buying opportunity, as shares trade well below 10 times 2011 earnings estimates.
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