Adobe shares plunge on weak outlook

The software maker slashes its November sales forecast below analysts' targets.

By TheStreet Staff Sep 22, 2010 11:27AM

By Scott Moritz, TheStreet

 

Adobe's (ADBE) weak outlook was greeted by a round of analysts' downgrades that sent the stock tumbling Wednesday.

 

The company's shares were falling 20% to $26.37. The software maker on Tuesday slashed its November sales forecast by $55 million, 5% less than analysts' targets, citing a slump in demand in education markets and an overall weakness in its creative suite products.

 

Apple (AAPL) chief executive Steve Jobs' condemnation of Adobe's Flash did not help improve the outlook for the segment. Adobe's creative suite includes applications like Flash, Photoshop and Acrobat.

 

Adobe was downgraded by at least four analysts Wednesday, with price targets cut from the $40 range to the $30 range.

Adobe shares fell 21% to $26.04 in premarket trading.

 

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