Wall Street Watch Friday: This Company Made the Analysts Look Silly


It's pretty common to see a company beat analyst targets. It's another thing entirely to watch a company completely obliterate Wall Street's forecasts.

Analogic (ALOG) blew past the prognosticators on Thursday after the market close. The medical imaging and aviation security technology specialist saw its fiscal fourth quarter revenue climb 12% to $151 million. That may not seem like much, but the market was only holding out for a 4% top-line uptick.

Things get even more refreshingly surprising on the way down the income statement. Analogic's profitability more than doubled to $0.96 a share. Wall Street was only forecasting net income of $0.71 a share.

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The market was rightfully surprised. Analysts had actually come up short in two of the company's three prior quarters. There didn't seem to be any reasons to expect a blowout quarter out of Analogic. Budget-strapped hospitals have been stingy in their expenditures and it's not as if there were any recent commercial airplane disasters to trigger a run on the company's computed tomography systems that detect checked baggage for explosives.

There's nothing like humbling the Wall Street professionals modeling your financial performance.

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