Why Raven Industries' Shares Dropped

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What: Shares of manufacturer Raven Industries (NAS: RAVN) fell as much as 10% today after reporting earnings.

So what: The company reported a 4% increase in sales to $97 million and a slight decline in profit to $10.9 million, or $0.30 per share. Analysts had expected revenue of $101.7 million and earnings of $0.34 per share.


Now what: The earnings report was pretty ho-hum, and when you aren't showing signs of solid growth on the top and bottom lines investors begin to get impatient. Shares are trading at 17 times trailing earnings, a price that's too steep for a no-growth company. I'm not a buyer today but if shares continue to fall they may be attractive as a play on future economic improvement.

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