Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ahead of the Bell: Nokia shares tumble

Shares of Nokia Corp. tumbled in premarket trading Wednesday after the Finnish mobile phone maker warned that fierce competition has driven its second-quarter sales and margins well below Wall Street expectations.

Share prices neared 52-week lows Tuesday, with a raft of industry analysts adjusting estimates for the company going forward. Before the market opened, shares had fallen below that range.

On Tuesday, Nokia said that second-quarter net sales in its key devices and services unit will be "substantially" lower than its earlier forecast of $8.8 billion to $9.5 billion. Operating margins will be well below its forecast of 6 percent to 9 percent, the company said.

Nokia withdrew all 2011 financial targets.



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