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Good evening,

Today Prudential reiterated their "strong buy" rating on US Web and set a $65 price target.

However, Dain Rauscher Wessels downgraded the stock yesterday from "strong buy" to "buy" after the company reported EPS in line and revenues better than expected. The analyst told Reuters that the merger integration related risk is high.

How's that for mixed signals :)

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Spirit

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Looks like the big boys bolted for the door in a big way. Stock down 17% today alone on double the normal volume. Revenues more than doubled year over year and gross profit up 2and half times. They did miss whisper number of .18 on eps. Hope Prudential has a coherent analysis of future merger integration built into its target price.
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It seems this is the nature of USWB, wild swings. WHITTMAN-HART also took a 12% dive.

Going forward, I think having the strong back office that WHIT brings to the table can only help as they come together.

The last time USWB swung it got all the way down to 17. I doubt it will do that again, but I look back at that number and still wish I had increased my shares.

So that is what I will do this time. If USWB keeps going down I will look at it as a chance to buy. When it got down to 17 last time it moved on up to 50+ a few months later.

I have to ask myself, where will it go this time?
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Goodmorning,
I've been doing DD all morning on USWB. Other than the up coming merger with WHIT I really can't find anything wrong. Why is the street beating this stock like a dog?
Scott
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Why is the street beating this stock like a dog?Why is the street beating this like a dog?

I'll take a shot at this one. Because they donot like the fact that the merger has clouded prospects for the new entity. They would have preferred that the Uswb merge with another pure web consulting business. The street is taking a wait and see attitude to the merger to see if it can be accomplished successfully with little fuss. The special meeting occurs on 2-28 and the stock will probably continue spiraling downward until then.
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Good Morning,

If you have time please explain "The special meeting occurs on 2-28 " Is this when all the puzzle peices will (I hope) be put together and the street will understand.?????

Thanks Steve
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Feb 28 is the scheduled merger vote meeting. All the pieces will not actually fall together at that time but the outcome of the shareholder vote will be known. Just my 2cents worth: that up until that time the stock will probably remain at these levels or lower. After everything is legal and finalized hopefully the new reorganized management will offer info regarding the future direction of the company and the likelihood of a smooth integration of both outfits.
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