China Security Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of surveillance products specialist China Security & Surveillance (NYSE: CSR  ) plummeted as low as 17% in intraday trading after its quarterly results and future outlook disappointed investors.

So what: While China Security managed to grow its third-quarter revenue by 14% to $182 million, analysts were expecting a top-line of $201 million. Even more concerning, however, was China Security's downside guidance for 2010 and 2011, suggesting that the company's heady growth is slowing much sooner than expected.

Now what: Although this report doesn't exactly bode well for China Security's short term, it's pretty easy to find long-term value in the shares. Even when you factor in today's lowered outlook, the plunge has China Security still sitting at an extremely paltry forward P/E of five. While China Security certainly has its risks -- it competes with industrial giants General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) and Honeywell (NYSE: HON  ) , after all -- they seem to be baked well into the price.

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  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2010, at 11:27 AM, Gtrinvestor wrote:

    ugh. This article had an enticing headline and started off strong, but then just went flat and fell short. Especially no comment on the DSO figure which has been weighing heavy on this stock and is what really has investors uptight.

    I like the direction the article was taking, and the potential for some insight, but would have helped to have more, especially for such an arcane stock with a paucity of analyst following.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2010, at 4:47 PM, tedski2000 wrote:

    I second that; this article told us only what we already knew, and nothing of what we "need to know."

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