Triple-S Management Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Triple-S Management (NYS: GTS) are trading 6% higher today, but fireworks occurred when the stock opened this morning. Shares opened the day at $61.21, nearly triple yesterday's close, on a 200-share trade I'm sure someone regretted immediately.

So what: The stock is really trading higher today because the company reported that fourth-quarter revenue rose 33.5% to $565.4 million and earnings per share was $0.67. Both results easily topped estimates, and management said 2012 would see earnings per share of $2.32 to $2.38, above estimates.

Now what: Results were solid, but someone obviously got overzealous placing orders when the market opened. In lightly traded stocks like this, that sometimes happens to a mythical trader I like to call Fat Finger Freddy. Considering the very good results, I'm a little surprised shares haven't risen further. Shares trade at 10 times next year's estimated earnings, a great price for this stock right now.

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