Why Sotheby's (BID) Closed Friday Lower

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sotheby's (BID) tumbled on Friday after posting fourth-quarter sales and earnings below analyst expectations.

By market close, shares had taken off 6.7% to $47.01.

The auction house reported net income of $1.30 a share in the three months to December. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had anticipated $1.40 a share.

Revenue of $339.2 million was 16.5% higher than a year earlier but missed consensus by $12.4 million.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates SOTHEBY'S as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. The team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SOTHEBY'S (BID) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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