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Why Jumped Today

By Evan Niu, CFA – Feb 25, 2016 at 1:30PM

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The CRM provider reported strong earnings alongside healthy guidance.

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What: Shares of (CRM 1.76%) have jumped today, up by 8% as of 12:54 p.m. ET, after the company reported solid fourth-quarter earnings and issued rosy guidance.

So what: Revenue in the fourth quarter came in at $1.81 billion, up 25% from a year ago. Unbilled deferred revenue similarly grew 25% to $7.1 billion. By the time you get to the bottom line, we're looking at $0.19 per share in adjusted earnings. Both revenue and earnings per share were right on target with consensus estimates, and Salesforce is closing out its fiscal 2016 with all-time highs in large transactions.

Now what: First-quarter guidance easily impressed investors as well. Revenue should be in the range of $1.885 billion to $1.895 billion, with adjusted earnings per share of $0.23 to $0.24. Compare those forecasts to the $1.86 billion in sales and $0.21-per-share profit that analysts were expecting. Full-year fiscal 2017 revenue should be right around $8.1 billion. Significantly, Salesforce's management indicated that the company is not experiencing any macroeconomic impacts that other cloud-based enterprise players are getting hurt by.

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