Teradyne Stock: The Forecast Looks Better Than Ever

January 28. 2022. 7 mins read

Publicly traded companies are not required by law to give guidance, yet many do as a way to communicate with investors. “Guidance” typically consists of forward-looking statements around what next quarter or next year’s revenues and/or earnings might look like. When a company revises guidance downwards, Wall Street analysts adjust their valuation spreadsheets and stock prices can fall in a dramatic fashion. That’s precisely what happened to Teradyne Inc. (TER) yesterday.

When assessing how a stock price behaves, we always need to consider what’s happening in the broader market. Check out this six-month stock price chart for Teradyne.

Six-month stock price chart for Teradyne.
Credit: Yahoo Finance

About ten days ago, shares of Teradyne started weakening along with the broader tech stock market. Then yesterday, they dropped around -25% giving Teradyne a 30-day return of about -34% compared to a NASDAQ return of -15% over the same time frame. Given the selloff in tech stocks, we can then attribute -19% of that drop to Teradyne’s revised guidance and -15% to the overall market. Today, Teradyne simply trades at the same price it did three months ago. It’s always important to put these price drops in perspective.

Teradyne’s Q4 Earnings Report

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