Sorry, It's All Baked In

When you think of Ethan Allen (ETH), you might think of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys who captured Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 while the British were sleeping. Or, perhaps, you might think of the furniture maker whose shares just made a five-year high Monday. The stock is back to its pre-Great Recession level -- up 8% year to date, with the momentum hounds nipping at its heels. What's going on?

Ethan Allen reported a mixed quarter at the end of January. Although the company beat the consensus estimate by $0.01, Hurricane Sandy really took some momentum out of its sales -- revenue rose 4.4% to $191.3 million, in line with estimates, and many were disappointed with the weak operating margins. In the fiscal first quarter (ended September), the company was able to grow operating margins 300 basis points, and guidance for the December quarter pointed to more of the same. But Ethan Allen only delivered 110 bps. If not for the lower tax rate, it would have missed the quarter....203 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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