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Why Rogers Stock Plunged

By Travis Hoium - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:14PM

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What: Shares of specialty materials maker Rogers Corp. (ROG 1.01%) fell as much as 13% in early trading after the company updated first-quarter guidance.

So what: The company now expects sales from continuing operations to be around $126 million, compared to guidance from two months ago of $129 million-$133 million. On the bottom line, non-GAAP earnings per share are expected to be $0.44, below the previous estimate of $0.57-$0.61.  

Now what: It's never a good sign when a company lowers guidance, particularly so close to when the original guidance numbers were given. Management said lower than expected demand for tablet devices and lower military spending affected sales. The company will report earnings at the end of April -- more detail will be given then. Keep in mind that revenue is growing slightly and the stock trades at just 10 times trailing earnings, so this isn't a disaster of a quarter given the value built into the stock.

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