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Trading Best Buy's Surprising Miss

Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 5:56 PM ET

Results from Best Buy caught the Street off guard on Tuesday with shares tumbling on worse than expected numbers.

The company cited the weak consumer for lower sales of flat panel TV's, video games and movies.

By the numbers, net profit was $155 million, or 36 cents a share, compared with $153 million, or 36 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 50 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters.

What should you make of it?

I hate to make too much of one quarter but I’d watch the numbers carefully next quarter to see if it’s the start of a trend, counsels Guy Adami.

I’d use the pull back as a buying opportunity, says Janney Montgomery analyst David Strasser on the Fast Money Halftime Report. There are so many great products coming that I think they have a strong second half. But you have to be patient.

In case you’re wondering Strasser has a ‘Buy” rating on Best Buy with a $41 price target.



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