My hope is that the release of this news was strategic - i.e. rather than let bashers play it up as bad news during the earnings call, release anything that might be construed as negative early. This way, when the positive news that we're hoping for on revenues comes out, there is nothing to tarnish or offset it. You would think that if revenues were not in line, they would also have released that bit of information as well. Guess we'll see by next week - but I expect most of the shares trading now are weak hands being shaken out.
It true it is manipulative. Just give us the facts in proper context and let the market deal with it. This looks inappropriate whether Z sales are good or bad. Leaking partial information is never good.