Guidance Crushes aQuantive

Shares drop 13% after a weak forecast.
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aQuantive (AQNT) tumbled 13% late Thursday after the digital marketer missed third-quarter revenue targets and guided toward the low end of 2006 estimates.

The Seattle-based company made $13.6 million, or 16 cents a share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from the year-ago $9.4 million, or 13 cents a share. Revenue rose to $111 million from $79 million a year earlier.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial were looking for a 16-cent profit on sales of $113 million.

The company said it expects to make 54 cents to 58 cents a share for the year on revenue of $420 million to $430 million. Analysts were looking for 59 cents on $429 million.

The disappointing forecast comes just a day after rival

ValueClick

(VCLK)

posted a strong slate of numbers that sent its shares up 14% Thursday.

In after-hours action, aQuantive shares plunged $3.80 to $24.90.