Edwards Lifesciences Shares Got Crushed: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of heart valve maker Edwards Lifesciences (NYS: EW) fell 11% today after releasing earnings and guidance for next year.

So what: The company reported 9.6% revenue growth to $430.2 million and earnings per share of $0.62. Revenue fell short of estimates, but earnings per share beat estimates of $0.59. The company said it saw first-quarter earnings per share of $0.47 to $0.49, well below the $0.55 estimate from analysts causing the panic today.

Now what: Investors often listen more to forecasts than previous results, and that's exactly what's happening today. Both revenue and earnings per share guidance for the first quarter were lower than expected. Even at the high end of 2012 with earnings guidance of $2.70 to $2.80 per share, the stock is trading at more than 25 times earnings, a little steep for this Fool to be jumping in today.

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