Arkansas Best Shares Plummeted: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of U.S.-based trucking company Arkansas Best (NAS: ABFS) blew a tire and are currently down 16% after reporting fourth-quarter results.

So what: For the quarter, Arkansas Best reported revenue of $463.2 million and a profit of $0.08 per share, excluding items. This compares to Wall Street estimates for a profit of $0.24 on revenue of $472.5 million. Not only did net income miss by a mile, but tonnage also decreased by 7.6%. Luckily for Arkansas Best, it was able to pass along a nearly 13% price increase to customers to partially offset the drop in tonnage.

Now what: Trucking doesn't look like a very viable way to play the transportation sector as a whole as is evidenced by Arkansas Best's earnings report. Fuel costs and lower demand are really sapping the strength out of trucking, and it's not as if the company pays a big enough dividend to keep shareholders interested. Personally, I prefer the railroad sector over trucking and think it still represents a much more compelling value. Despite today's drop, I'm not touching Arkansas Best here.

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