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Why Shares of Quanta Services Inc. Popped Yesterday

By Travis Hoium – Feb 21, 2014 at 8:58AM

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What: Shares of Quanta Services (PWR 0.88%) jumped as much as 10% yesterday after the company released fourth-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue was up 9% to $1.82 billion last quarter, crushing expectations by $112 million. Net income from continuing operations rose 65% to $166.7 million, or $0.50 per share on an adjusted basis, $0.10 ahead of expectations.  

Now what: Momentum in the electrical contracting business continues to be strong and Quanta's backlog increased to a record of $8.7 billion. For 2014, management expects adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations in a range of $1.85 to $2.05, up from $1.71 in 2013. The solid results are encouraging, but paying 17 times the top end of forward estimates is a steep price and will keep me out of the stock today.

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