Cabot Oil & Gas Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Cabot Oil & Gas (NYS: COG) jumped 16% after the company released earnings.

So what: Revenue rose 17% to $262.1 million and adjusted earnings per share rose to $0.34 per share. Earnings were a penny short of estimates, but the market is cheering the company's expected production growth in 2012 of 45% to 55%.

Now what: One analyst from Howard Weil even thinks that growth "looks conservative," so Cabot could have more upside potential. Forward earnings estimates still put Cabot at a 30 times P/E ratio, so the price is still steep. I would like to see more actual results and falling costs, as opposed to rising costs this quarter before jumping on board.

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