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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The Prince promised joyfully all she asked; then having once more warned him not to betray her confidence, she handed him a draught to drink which very soon sunk his senses in a deep slumber.
Easily could I kill him now that I was warned, but once he was dead I could no more escape, and with the stopping of the machinery of the great plant I should die with all the other inhabitants of the planet--all, even Dejah Thoris were she not already dead.
Look not upon the eyes of Luud," warned the kaldane, "or you are lost.
But they may have warned him--some personal friend may have done it," she insisted.
Possibly it was not sympathy but the way they expressed their hatred for Red-Eye; at any rate they always warned us of his approach.
His mate warned him irritably away, and he curled up and slept in the entrance.
I begged and prayed--I went down on my knees to her--I warned her, as I told you just now.
On the other side a painted hand pointed along a boundary-wall to an inscription which warned him to go that way if he had business in the kitchen.
The person in the chair was no other than the widow of the dead Montbarry-- the woman who had warned her that they were to meet again, and that the place might be Venice!
There were local tales of his having exerted his powers of prognosis, or perhaps you would say diagnosis; and it was said that in every instance the person whose friends he had warned had died suddenly at the appointed time, and from no assignable cause.
Which done, another of the attendants of the great person, which was with him in the same boat, after his lord had spoken a little to him, said aloud: 'My lord would have you know, that it is not of pride or greatness that he cometh out aboard your ship; but for that in your answer you declare that you have many sick amongst you, he was warned by the Conservator of Health of the city that he should keep a distance.
Warned by the seer Teiresias Creon repents him and hurries to release Antigone from her rocky prison.