Why Celanese's Shares Popped

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What: Shares of Celanese (NYS: CE) jumped more than 10% in early trading after the company released earnings.

So what: Revenue was actually weaker than expected, growing just 4% to $1.68 billion when analysts expected $1.73 billion. But net income was strong, coming in at $210 million, or an adjusted $1.47 per share, when analysts expected just $1.39 per share.


Now what: The weak economy in Europe was blamed for the revenue miss, but the company's minority investments made up the slack in the quarter. For the rest of the year management is expecting earnings per share of $2.20, versus $2.15 from analysts, so the company appears to be performing well on the bottom line. Considering the slow growth rate, paying 17 times 2012 earnings is a steep price and that will keep me from being a buyer on the jump today.

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