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Beleaguered video-game publisher Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) surprised investors on Thursday with a bottom-line beat in its fourth-quarter earnings report. Shares headed into the closing bell up 4.3 percent for the day, adding to an upward trend that began at the end of July.
The company reported earnings of $0.57 per share, barely edging ahead of expectations of $0.56 per share. However, revenue fell 13.1 percent to $922 million. The results, while mixed, were widely viewed as a positive sign for the company. Economic and industry headwinds have been blowing hard recently, and guidance for 2013 is coming in low.
EA is forecasting revenue in a range between $3.78 and $3.88 billion, a decrease from a previous guidance of $4.05 to $4.20 billion. Earnings guidance was also revised down, from between $1.00 to $1.15 per share to $0.86 to $1.00 per share. This reflects expected volatility related to the rollover of console generations, as well as general softness in the industry…
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