Another Red Flag for Alcatel-Lucent Investors

Shares of French telecom conglomerate Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU  ) fell hard today on news that CEO Ben Verwaayen will be stepping down. The stock had experienced a recent run after receiving a new $2.1B line of credit from Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. In this video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner tells investors why the company's recent surge isn't in line with the headwinds it's facing. He outlines some of the biggest trends in the industry that are driving down ALU's profitability, and says that, while the company has recently initiated an aggressive cost-cutting program, this alone would only slow the company's fall, rather than turn it around.

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  • Report this Comment On February 08, 2013, at 2:55 PM, bestwaytoriches wrote:

    Andrew,

    I have mentioned when crammer and the Motly Fool put out buy article for weeks 2 or 3 daily something smells.

  • Report this Comment On February 08, 2013, at 8:22 PM, Robertlhayes wrote:

    Um,best way to riches.1.Motley with a e.2 cramer with one m and andrews article here is not saying buy alu,red flags is not a buy sign andrew is yet again saying he is decidedly against buying alu as is almost all of the columnists at this site. Hi,Andrew sounds like you did not go to the quarterly on feb 7 either.I think you and Dan Radovsky both sleep in.I got up early and went.You really should hear or read the quarterly before you write about alu or maybe omg no you did read it.I thought jp morgan was the most impressed analyst there.I know Andrew I know it was Morgan Stanley that came out with the overweight upgrade today but they started off first on the Q/A part of the call.Morgan Stanley was impressed sure all the analyst were I noticed it.lets give jpm and the rest some time here.Alu lost on the quarterly but what a great story on almost every thing else wow!One more thing.I know Morgan Stanley said 2 euro price target today but I said it two months ago.Andrew stay away from doing a story on alu at the next quarterly its going to be real good even with a impairment charge and Andrew You look bad enough as it is!!! long alu at 1.01 and loving it.

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