Always Dig Under That Gleaming Facade

Earnings season continued Thursday night, and while many were watching the drop in LinkedIn (LNKD), I was sifting through earnings from Weight Watchers (WTW) and Fortune Brands Home & Security (FBHS). While both look positive at first glance, it's a lot harder to get excited about either of them once we do some digging.

Simple math deflates the Weight Watchers pop. The company reported better-than-expected earnings Thursday night, delivering a bottom line of $0.87 per share -- significantly better than the consensus estimate of $0.60, and far above the $0.74 achieved in the year-earlier quarter. Despite a year-over-year dip in revenue, the company eked out a top-line beat for the March quarter with a total of $486.9 million vs. the consensus of $484.3 million....533 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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