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Three-dimensional printing may be as easy as tapping the "easy" button, now that Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS  ) has become the first major U.S. retailer to begin stocking 3-D printers. The retailer is offering 3D Systems' (NYSE: DDD  ) Cube 3D at some of its stores.

The printer that cranks out customized physical products isn't cheap. The office-supplies superstore chain has been offering the Cube 3D in different colors for $1,299 apiece through its website for some time, but now it's available at select stores.

This is only the beginning, as 3-D printing will get cheaper over time, and the idea will appeal to more consumers as the systems get more affordable.

These are interesting times for 3-D printing, and it only helps that 3D Systems came through with strong revenue growth this quarter earlier this week.

Briefly in the news
And now let's take a quick look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Several analysts upgraded Seagate (NASDAQ: STX  ) after the hard-drive maker posted better-than-expected quarterly results. Revenue and earnings did slide sharply at Seagate, but not as badly as the market was fearing.
  • Herbalife (NYSE: HLF  ) also posted better-than-expected quarterly results. The controversial nutritional-supplements company also raised its guidance, and that'll put the "ack!" in Ackman.
  • Is it time to buy back into coal stocks? Alpha Natural Resource (NASDAQOTH: ANRZQ  ) posted a wider quarterly loss than it did a year earlier, but the $0.47-per-share deficit was far kinder than the $0.58 in red ink that the pros were targeting.

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  • Report this Comment On May 04, 2013, at 7:06 PM, assisgnmeaname wrote:

    "Several analysts upgraded Seagate (NASDAQ: STX ) after the hard-drive maker posted better-than-expected quarterly results. Revenue and earnings did slide sharply at Seagate, but not as badly as the market was fearing."

    That's your take?

    Pricing and TAM are likely improving, they will buyback 27% of their stock in the next 18 months, have a single digit p/e, are reducing debt and pay a 4+% yield.

  • Report this Comment On May 06, 2013, at 5:39 PM, marks2marks wrote:

    Yes, brilliant fools went short these stocks a couple years back and smart fools went short last year but only a fool fool would go short stocks like ANR, ACI and BTU now because they are about to turnaround, all in great position for recovery and all three extremely undervalued.

    This doesn't mean there won't be more downside in the summer months but there might not be much if any either so dangerous to short imo because by Oct/Nov, the low prices will be history and stocks like ACI will be up 300% before winter is over, ANR will be up big and BTU will be up yet not 300% on that one so soon.

    This is a long market in coal now and of course, I am long near 52 week lows and above those prices too and will be adding more as well as trading too but not going short anything.

    Good luck to all no matter how you're trading/investing.

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