Diamonds and Dogs


Fossil Inc. (FOSL)

Fossil Inc. is history today; getting buried, down 37.57% at $78.52. Fossil missed sales estimates for the second straight quarter and warned that a weak European market will continue to weigh on its results through the year. The news prompted investors to wipe off more than $3 billion of the company's market value. Chief Executive Officer Kosta Kartsotis said, "As we anticipate economic softness to continue in Europe we are reducing our previous (sales) growth expectations of mid-teens for the year (in Europe) down to low-to-middle single digits." Fossil, which sells jewelry, leather goods, belts, sunglasses and other apparel besides watches, cut its full-year earnings estimate to between $5.30 and $5.40 per share from $5.40 to $5.50. Maybe John Hammond (from Jurassic Park) can dig up this Fossil and bring it back to life for its investors.

Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST)

Rosetta Stone is speaking my language today, up 18.91% at $12.70. The company crushed analyst's estimates, causing the stock to get a nice bounce. Rosetta Stone reported revenue of $69.5 million and a loss of 9 cents a share, ahead of the Street consensus at $60.4 million and a loss of 42 cents a share. Furthermore, revenues were up 22% and bookings rose 17%. CEO Stephan Swad stated, "Improved Web visits and conversion in the direct-to-consumer channel drove U.S. consumer results, while retail sell-through and same-store kiosk sales recorded double-digit gains in the quarter." For the full year, Rosetta Stone is projecting sales of $270 million to $285 million, with a loss of 20-33 cents a share. Analyst's consensus had been $280.6 million and a loss of 64 cents a share. Un grande giorno per la stele di Rosetta, fino quasi a due dollari (A great day for Rosetta Stone, running up nearly two dollars).

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