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Why Shares of Emerald Oil Inc Dropped Today

By Travis Hoium - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:31PM

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What: Shares of oil explorer Emerald Oil Inc (NYSEMKT: EOX) fell as much as 11% today after reporting earnings.

So what: Last night, the company announced fourth quarter earnings, and while production increased 29% sequentially and 101% year over year to 220,793 barrels of oil equivalent, the company still lost $10.9 million, or $0.17 per share. That's well below the two-cent loss that analysts expected and is why shares are down big today.  

Now what: At the end of the day, even increasing production has to turn a profit, and Emerald's $31.2 million loss last year left investors disappointed. But results are trending in the right direction, and if management can lower costs as planned the company can swing to a profit in 2014. Until I see that operational improvement I won't be jumping in as losses keep piling up.

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