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Fluor’s stock plunges after revenue warning

Shares of Fluor Corp. tumbled 14% in morning trade Thursday, to pace the industrial sector’s decliners, after the engineering, construction and maintenance warned of a third-quarter revenue shortfall. The company said late Wednesday that it expects revenue of $4.6 billion, below the FactSet consensus at the time of $4.95 billion. The company expects pre-tax earnings of $125 million for the quarter, which includes charges of $46 million related to close-out efforts on a project in Europe and $35 million for forecast revisions on a gas-fired power project in Florida. Fluor also said it had new awards of $9 billion, compared with the FactSet consensus for new business awards of $5.4 billion at the end of September. Analyst Daniel Scott at MKM Partners reiterated his neutral rating and $56 stock price target. “This quarter will likely, in our opinion, mark the eighth miss out of the last nine quarters, and despite strong new awards last quarter, this quarter, and likely next quarter, execution remains a concern,” Scott wrote in a note to clients. The stock, which hit a five-month low Thursday, has lost 6.2% year to date, while the SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF has slipped 0.8% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 3.3%.

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