Cree Shares Plunged Again: What You Need to Know

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What: Two days after suffering a string of analyst downgrades, Cree (Nasdaq: CREE  ) took another beating, falling 12% after issuing worse-than-expected guidance for the current quarter.

So what: Cree and peer Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq: VECO  ) together took the brunt of Wall Street's bearish calls, which were based on overcapacity and poor pricing trends. Now it seems those fears have been realized.

Now what: In a statement issued yesterday, management told investors to expect $0.25 to $0.28 a share of profit -- well below the $0.34 analysts were calling for. Meanwhile, the sell-off has cut the stock to the point where Cree now sells for less than the long-term earnings growth analysts expect. Is that an opportunity? Or do you expect Cree's uninspiring growth trends to continue? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On October 19, 2011, at 6:01 PM, gigabob635 wrote:

    I bought CREE 6 months ago based on the story of energy transition to LED and CREE's leadership position. I am in the IT business - I should have done better research - but it was one of those impulses on a big dip. And the dip just kept growing. CREE has two strikes against it - 1) A high profile visit from Obama and 2) Their competiton is Team China. What was I thinking? What I am thinking now is that CREE needs to restructure for the coming commoditization of LED lighting and get its manufacturing cost under control and accept the new reality that Government programs to spur demand ain't gonna happen for another decade.

    Ironically I consider myself Bullish on CREE and am seeking to accrue shares below $20.

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