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Why Tesco Corporation's Shares Dropped Today

By Travis Hoium - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:42PM

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What: Shares of energy industry supplier Tesco Corporation (TESO) fell 10% today after reporting earnings.

So what: Revenue fell slightly from a year ago, to $136.9 million, beating estimates of $132.5 from analysts. Earnings of $0.22 per share were $0.07 below estimates, and were the result of lower drilling activity in the U.S. 

Now what: The international market continues to be strong, but low natural gas prices in the U.S. kept drillers from keeping rigs active last year. Activity should pick up as the price of natural gas rises, but that hasn't helped shares today. I think the weakness will be short term in nature, and investors willing to ride out the domestic drilling lull will be rewarded long term.

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