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What: Shares of information technology service provider Unisys
So what: While Unisys' fourth-quarter adjusted EPS managed to top expectations, a miss on revenues -- $985.3 million versus the consensus of $1.02 billion -- is triggering fears of a prolonged drop in demand. In fact, the main culprit for the weak top line was a sharp 23% drop in its U.S. federal business, suggesting that the government's budget challenges continue to weigh heavily on Unisys.
Now what: I'd look into this pullback as a possible buying opportunity. "In our U.S. Federal business, while market conditions remain challenging," said CEO Ed Coleman, "we are focused on improving our results in this important market and delivering innovative solutions that help our customers operate more effectively and efficiently." With the stock now off more than 50% from its 52-week highs and trading at a paltry forward P/E of 6, betting on that turnaround might not be such a bad idea.
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