Why BlackBerry Limited Shares Jumped
Jan 21st 2014 8:29PM
Updated Jan 21st 2014 8:30PM
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What: Shares of BlackBerry Limited were racing higher today, gaining as much as 12% and finishing up 9% after the Department of Defense released a report showing BlackBerrys were still the phone of choice at the Pentagon.
So what: The DoD said it "supports 80,000 BlackBerry phones," far ahead of any other device that competes with the lagging smartphone-maker such as the iPhone. The BlackBerry is the top choice of defense staffers and others who deal with classified information because of its security features. After the news came out Thursday in a Pentagon press release, shares have soared, gaining 16% in the past two trading sessions.
Now what: That BlackBerry shares would climb so far on what's essentially throwaway news is only proof of the smartphone-maker's struggles as the company has racked up huge operating losses in recent quarters, as high expectations for the BlackBerry10 proved a pipe dream. Showing further evidence of those problems, the Ontario-based company announced plans to divest from the majority of its real estate holdings north of the border, a move that will unload more than 3 million square feet of commercial real estate. Shares gained 1.4% after hours as investors may have seen it unlocking value, but in the long term it further indicates that this is a company in contraction, not expansion.
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