ReachLocal Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of online marketing and analytics specialist ReachLocal (NAS: RLOC) climbed 14% Wednesday after its quarterly loss wasn't as big as Wall Street's forecast.

So what: ReachLocal's second-quarter revenue came in a bit light, but given how much the stock has been beat up over the past three months, the lower-than-expected loss -- $0.03 per share versus the average analyst estimate of $0.13 -- comes as a much-needed surprise. With that wide of a beat, investors are naturally betting that management can keep the positive bottom-line momentum going.

Now what: I'd remain on the sidelines for now. While CEO Zorik Gordon said that ReachLocal intends to "expand into another European country before the end of the year, and into Asia by early 2012," the sputtering domestic economy and "amazingly competitive" operating environment should continue to weigh on results. In fact, the company lowered its current-quarter and full-year revenue outlook on those concerns, suggesting that things aren't as rosy as today's rally indicates.

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