RealD Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know


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What: Shares of RealD (NYS: RLD) , whose gear is used to project and view 3-D images, fell more than 21% in early trading and remain down more than 15% as of this writing. The company failed to live up to Wall Street estimates for first-quarter revenue.

So what: For investors, this is just the latest in a string of brutal hits. RealD has suffered 10% or worse down days in May, June, and now twice in July. For the first time, the stock is trading below its IPO price of $16 a share.

Now what: RealD booked $59.6 million in revenue, down $64.5 million in last year's first quarter. Analysts were expecting $78.9 million, probably figuring on increased 3-D demand with the release of Time Warner's (NYS: TWX) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Walt Disney's (NYS: DIS) Captain America: The First Avenger. Management referenced both films in its earnings report. Neither was enough to carry sales to hoped-for levels. Does it matter? You tell me. Let us know what you think about RealD using the comments box below.

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