Jefferies Group Shares Soared: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of investment banker Jefferies Group (NYS: JEF) are soaring today, up by as much as 26% after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings results.

So what: Fourth-quarter revenue totaled $554 million, which led to a profit of $0.17 per share. It was a miss and a beat compared to consensus estimates, which called for $562.4 million in sales and $0.14 earnings per share.

Now what: Investors are breathing a sigh of relief, as the results dispel recent fears that Jefferies has a large exposure to the European debt crisis, which had been previously triggered by a credit rating downgrade. The market had been drawing some similarities between Jefferies and the MF Global debacle, so any recent news that disproves those fears has been sending shares higher. The company has also declared a dividend of $0.075 per share for the coming quarter.

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