Accenture’s Q3 Profit Beats, but Q4 Forecast Soft on Currency Concerns (ACN)

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Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc ( ACN ) late Thursday posted a better-than-expected third quarter profit, but provided a somewhat timid forecast as currency translation concerns continue to mount.

The Dublin, Ireland-based company reported fiscal third quarter net income of $564 million, or 73 cents per share, compared with $537 million, or 68 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue rose 8% from last year, to $5.57 billion.

On average, Wall Street analysts expected a smaller profit of 69 cents per share, on lower revenue of $5.46 billion.

Looking ahead, the company predicted fourth quarter revenue to range from $5.15 billion to $5.35 billion, which would fall short of analyst expectations for $5.36 billion. It also said it expects full-year earnings to come in at the lower half of its previously-announced range of $2.61 to $2.69 per share.

Accenture shares rose 80 cents, or +2.1%, in premarket trading Friday.

The Bottom Line
We had removed shares of ACN from our recommended list back on May 14, when the stock was trading at $40.82. The company has a 2.00% dividend yield, based on last night's closing stock price of $37.55. The stock has technical support in the $35 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $40-$43 price levels. We would remain on the sidelines for now.

Accenture Plc ( ACN ) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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