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Why Shares of Golar LNG Limited Popped Today

By Travis Hoium – Feb 28, 2014 at 5:07PM

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Is this meaningful or just another movement?

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of LNG company Golar LNG Limited (GLNG -0.40%) jumped as much as 10% today after reporting earnings.

So what: Revenue was up slightly sequentially, to $17.3 million, and easily beat the $12.8 million level Wall Street expected. Net income of $4.3 million also easily exceeded the $5 million loss that analysts expected. 

Now what: The surprise profit did include a non-cash gain of $13.2 million on interest-rate swaps, which isn't exactly a consistent driver of value. Investors are expecting earnings to double next year, but even if they do, shares are trading at 46 times forward estimates. That's too much for me to pay for the stock right now, and I need to see more growth before jumping in.

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