Dresser-Rand Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know


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 petrochemical processing equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group (NYS: DRC) spun down to an 18.1% mid-day drop on heavy volume, then jumped about halfway back to a 9% swoon.

So what: Faced with "a number of challenges" in the second quarter, Dresser-Rand reported earnings and sales below Street expectations. On the other hand, management insists on hitting earlier full-year targets anyhow as the order backlog keeps building up and some trading sanctions with a Venezuelan customer might not be appropriate after all.

Now what: Fellow Fool Rex Moore recently fingered Dresser-Rand as one of the best values available in the oil industry and related markets, right next to longtime Fool recommendation National Oilwell Varco (NYS: NOV) and industry titan Schlumberger (NYS: SLB) . These type of lumpy results might make you doubt that conclusion, but then it seems like we're talking about a short-term problem with a clear road back to solid profits. The stock has the support of 97% of more than 250 CAPS Fools, giving it a five-star rating out of five. Can all those fellow investors be wrong about Dresser-Rand? I doubt it.

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