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What: Chip designer Zoran (Nasdaq: ZRAN ) saw its shares plunge as deep as 20.5% below last night's close in intraday trading today.
So what: Last night's third-quarter report was bad, missing analyst targets on both the top and bottom lines. What's worse, management guidance now points to next-quarter sales about 35% below analyst estimates and 37% below the third quarter's results, followed by scary-looking losses.
Now what: Zoran admitted to losing market share in the connected TV and DVD player markets on top of heavy price erosion for the consumer-level end product in those segments. The company is now contemplating new market strategies, and investors are justly nervous about the outcome. Given what Zoran is saying about market trends, it would also behoove owners of Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM ) and Trident Microsystems (Nasdaq: TRID ) to take a second look at their holdings, as they are strong in markets closely related to the digital TV and set-top box sectors.
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