VMware Smashed (VMW)*

Everybody’s favourite virtualization software company is down as much as 26% in after-hours trading after a Q4 miss. VMware reported EPS of 26 cents, beating consensus of $0.24, but missing whispers of $0.28. Also, the key metric for momentum stocks like VMware is usually revenue unit growth, and VMware’s $412 million in revenue missed the Street’s $417 million projection. We haven’t had time to dig into the numbers yet, but a hedge-fund source reports that US revenue growth is also slowing.

*UPDATE: Ghastly details from conference call: US weak, guidance low, and licence revenue decelerating rapidly.

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