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What: Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT ) dropped 19% in intraday trading today after an analyst downgraded the stock.
So what: Pacific Crest downgraded Acme Packet from "outperform" to "sector perform." The analyst is concerned about eroding industry fundamentals and increased downside risk to estimates for the second half of 2011 and for the 2012 fiscal year.
Now what: It isn't personal; it's business. Citing weakening demand for IT products, the analyst also downgraded Cisco, EMC, Meru Networks, and Riverbed to "sector perform" from "outperform," and Brocade, Emulex, and Hewlett-Packard to "underperform" from "sector perform." Acme needs strong earnings growth to justify its frothy non-GAAP P/E ratio of 54 at today's intraday price of $40.54.
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