Harmonic Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of video technology specialist Harmonic (Nasdaq: HLIT  ) rose more than 14% on heavy volume after reporting better-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue and profit.

So what: Harmonic earned $0.11 in adjusted profit on $138.2 million in Q4 revenue. Analysts were expecting $0.09 and $130.1 million, respectively, according to Yahoo! Finance.

Now what: Is anyone really surprised by this result? Harmonic's video encoding technology is increasingly important in the Netflix age of high-definition, on-demand video. The company's customer list reads like a Who's Who of cable network providers, including Cablevision and Comcast.

Despite this, analysts still only call for 15% profit growth over the next several years. With Web and on-demand video consumption growing by the day, I suspect we'll look back in a few years and laugh at how much Wall Street lowballed Harmonic's profit potential.

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  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2011, at 12:47 PM, DZPM wrote:

    Jump by Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) by over 14% is over blow. Zacks Investment Research target price is only $8.90. Thomson Reuters recommendations are Downgrade Sell. There is Upward potential for (HLIT) from current price of $9.84 > 0 to none AND HUGE DOWNWARD POTENCIAL low price range is $6.00 to $7.00 I won’t buy (HLIT) at price of $9.84 to expensive.

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