Why Nuance Communications Popped

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What: Shares of speech-recognition specialist Nuance Communications (NAS: NUAN) are chalking up some nice gains today, up by as much as 14% after the company issued preliminary earnings.

So what: While its official earnings release isn't scheduled until May, the company is giving a peek as it finalizes its figures. Revenue should be between $416 million and $418 million, with non-GAAP earnings per share from $0.42 to $0.43.

Now what: Those figures are higher than both the company's previously issued guidance and the Street's forecast. In February, Nuance said it expected revenue of $395 million to $415 million, with earnings in the range of $0.36 to $0.40 per share. The company may have gotten frustrated that shares have cratered since the last report, and it's letting investors know to expect an upbeat quarter.

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