Electronic Arts Disappoints- Don't Fall into Value Trap

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Includes: AA, EA
by: Mark Riddix

Electronic Arts (ERTS) has once again disappointed investors. EA downgraded profit expectations from 79 cents to a range of 40 to 55 cents per share. Electronic Arts had more excuses for why the company’s revenue was lagging. The company blamed the poor economy, overseas weakness and consumers changing buying habits.

I don’t believe that is the case. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter said it best. Electronic Arts simply “did not have the products that people wanted” and should be acknowledging that rather than “blaming everything on the environment.” EA looks tempting at $16.74 but after having fallen into that value trap before; I will pass.

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