Adobe slides, even after generating record sales

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Shares of software developer Adobe Systems Inc. ( ADBE ) slumped in Wednesday trading, despite the fact that the company generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue in its third quarter.

In its earnings release, Adobe noted that the quarter - which ended on September 3 - was its best ever, in sales terms. "Strong performance in each of our major businesses contributed to record revenue and strong earnings in [the period]," company CEO Shantanu Narayen said.

Adobe's solid results could reinforce the notion that the tech sector is surviving the nation's economic slowdown. Tech giant Oracle ( ORCL ) had a very strong third quarter, and Cisco Systems ( CSCO ) will offer a dividend for the first time after reporting solid quarterly sales growth.

Yet Wall Street did not look kindly upon Adobe's fourth-quarter outlook. The company's revenue projections were below analyst forecasts, the Associated Press says; more than one analyst downgraded her rating of Adobe as a result of the developer's forecast.

For example, the AP says, Standard & Poor's Equity Research analyst Zaineb Bokhari moved the company to "Hold" from "Strong Buy." Adobe's shares fell nearly 20 percent on Wednesday.

By Steve Monfort



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