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What: Shares of staffing agency TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI) fell as much as 26% today, after releasing earnings.
So what: Third quarter revenue grew 2% to $379.5 million, but fell short of the $390.5 million analysts had expected. Earnings were also a little light, coming in at $0.36 per share versus the expected $0.37 per share.
The third quarter earnings miss wasn't good, but what really crushed the stock was fourth quarter earnings guidance of $0.11 to $0.16 per share, when analysts expected $0.22 per share.
Now what: Guidance is often more important than the current earnings report and a big decline in revenue, and earnings in the fourth quarter won't help the stock. Analysts were tripping over themselves downgrading the stock this morning, and the sell-off was on. If the economy picks up, TrueBlue could turn around, but the current trajectory of earnings will keep me from buying on the dip today.
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