Some measure of clarity amid the turbidity
"I like Riverbed/RVBD, but the timing of your purchase defies my methodology; you purchased nearer the top end of a rising channel, and thus maximum risk. That is, you purchased risk, not opportunity -- at least, short term."
I deem it important to show what I merely stated previously, especially because RVBD shares are set to open lower, much lower.
"Baird notes RVBD reported revenues slightly above expectations, EPS in-line, and guidance slightly better. Outperformance was modest relative to previous quarters, which will cause concerns over diminishing upside to estimates. RVBD is investing heavily to sustain growth, so operating margin expansion is weighted toward 2H 2008. Firm maintains Neutral rating and lowers target to $42. RVBD is the market leader in an exciting segment, but they remain on the sidelines as they believe expectations are lofty."Make no mistake about it, this was a tremendous quarter and earnings report; however, it always is problematic when a growth company's rate of growth slows down. And thus the reason for the large gap down, disappointment.
But will the lower trend channel line and the 200 day sma stem the decline from becoming worse and manifest a fresh opportunity (maximum reward, lessened risk)? Or will the stock plum lower lows, as Wall St sells (punishes) the stock for slowing sales in advance of increasing competition. (As Pat noted.)
We will know soon enough.
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist