Profit Warning

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Profit Warning

An informal announcement by a publicly-traded company that its earnings for a given quarter or year will be less than expected. This is done to price out the company's share price and avoid a sell-off or other volatility when the earnings are actually announced.
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Sir," interposed Blaisois, "I warn you that I can only swim in rivers.
She was ready to warn Sir Henry so far as she could without implicating her husband, and again and again she tried to do so.
I have summoned you to receive the grateful thanks of the people of Kaol, for had it not been for your heroic bravery in daring fate to warn us of the ambuscade we must surely have fallen into the well-laid trap.
If you do not warn the captain you are as much a party to whatever follows as though you had helped to plot and carry it out with your own head and hands.
If I am going to warn him I might as well get the beastly job over for I have little stomach to talk with the brute at all.
Van Brandt of the sad event which was the cause of my sudden departure, and to warn her that there no longer existed the slightest necessity for insuring her life.
But I warn you now, and not so much for your own good as for mine, that I shall shoot you the moment you attempt a hostile act.
I despise thy contempt; and when thou warnedst me--why didst thou not warn thyself?
I want to warn you," he said in a low voice, "that through thoughtlessness and lack of caution you may cause yourself to be talked about in society.
Lucille shall go to Dorset House, but I warn you that I hold my life a slight thing where her welfare is concerned.
The Department of State warns of the danger associated with using civilian aircraft to enter or depart Iraq, as well as the risks to road transportation described below.
Lane departure warning systems are the first level in what will become a comprehensive system that looks around the car, evaluates the situation, conducts a threat assessment and warns the driver," says Scott Bogard, senior research engineer, Engineering Research Div.