EMC Shares Fall on Earnings Miss

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) this morning posted third-quarter results that missed on the top and bottom lines, and it lowered its full-year outlook.

The world's biggest maker of corporate data-storage equipment posted adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.40 on revenues of $5.28 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $0.37 on revenues of $4.98 billion. The quarter's results also compare to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimates for EPS of $0.42 and $5.46 billion in revenues.

Operating cash flow was up 12% year over year to $1.44 billion. Free cash flow rose 16% to $1.14 billion.

The Hopkinton, Mass.-based tech company's president and COO said:

For the third quarter, EMC's business continued to grow faster than overall IT spending growth and we gained market share in what turned out to be a more cautionary environment than we expected heading into the quarter. We remain extremely confident in our strategy, best-of-breed product portfolio and solid operational and financial model.

EMC now expects full-year 2012 EPS to be in the range of $1.68 and $1.70 on revenue of between $21.60 billion and $21.75 billion. The Thomson Reuters consensus estimates call for EPS of $1.74 and $22.24 billion in revenues.

Shares are down about 3% in premarket trading to $23.97. The 52-week range is $21.25 to $30.00. The mean price target before this report was $31.74.

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