In stock market business-speak, guidance is a pencilled-in target of how much money a company expects to make (or lose) in the next quarter. It's normally pretty easy to work out, since you know how much of the product you have, how much you've got the capacity to make and what the demand is likely to be. Unfortunately, investors don't like it when you fail to meet this target and respond by punishing the firm by not hanging around. That was a problem back in August, when HTC's declining share price fell beneath its valuation -- effectively saying that the business was worthless.
Now, that figure has since rebounded, and HTC has enough cash in its back pocket to make sure that it won't go bust for a while. But the fact that it's no longer even going to guess at its future successes shows a lack of confidence in its own ability to recover. Now, there are plenty of reasonable explanations, including the company revamping its product line to focus on the mid-range, as well as its cost-cutting operations and restructuring. Unfortunately, plenty of other companies are able to predict future losses and feel happy enough telling investors ahead of time -- which means that something isn't quite right in the state of HTC.