June 22, 2012 at 08:39 AM EDT
Ryder System Slashes Forecast on Lower Rental Services Revenue; Shares Tumble (R)

Logistics company Ryder System, Inc. (R) late Thursday lowered its second quarter earnings outlook, citing lower rental revenue, sending its shares plunging in premarket trading.

The Miami-based company said it now expects second quarter earnings to range from 90 to 95 cents per share, down significantly from its prior outlook of $1.07 to $1.12.

On average, Wall Street analysts expected $1.10 per share for the period.

A Ryder spokesperson commented, “Although commercial rental revenue has improved both year-over-year and seasonally, May results reflected lower rental growth than previously discussed.”

Ryder System shares were down $3.80, or -9.3%, in premarket trading Friday.

The Bottom Line
Shares of Ryder System (R) have a 2.85% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $40.75. The stock has technical support in the $33-$35 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $42-$45 price levels.

Ryder System, Inc. (R) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars.

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