Why 3D Systems Surged Today

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3D Systems (NYSE: DDD  ) kicked off another week on a high note. The stock climbed 5% on Monday before settling back down to close up about half a percent at $80.60. Today's move came after analysts at Bank of America increased their price target for 3D Systems to $90 up from $69 a share. The 3-D-printer stock has continued to ascend higher from last week's 8% gain, where it traded around $76 a share.

Of course, 3D Systems wasn't the only three-dimensional printer stock clocking gains today. 3D Systems rival Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS  ) also popped 5% on the day. It seems the 3-D printers are in hot demand right now, particularly as these companies expand their range of capabilities to include everything from the consumer market to advanced manufacturing.

Both Stratasys and 3D Systems are eyeing opportunities in the metal 3-D printing arena. 3D Systems' recent $15.1 million purchase of Phenix Systems, a French company that specializes in printing with metal materials, certainly gives 3D Systems a head start in the advanced manufacturing realm. As fellow Fool Daniel Ferry points out, the company is heavily invested in efforts to triple its metal printing capacity over the next year.

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Together, these factors should drive shares of 3D Systems higher in the year ahead. Shares are now up more than 125% year to date and are trading near the stock's 52-week high of $84.85 per share. However, 3-D printer stocks aren't the only wealth-building stocks out there today.

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  • Report this Comment On November 18, 2013, at 9:38 PM, Gatortrader wrote:

    One of the reasons the 3 D stocks continue to rise so rapidly is there are not that many shares available. While there are 102 million shares of DDD, there are only 48 million shares of SYSS, and a mere 15 million shares of VJET. When everyone wants a piece of the 3D market, the price rises rapidly. Even ONVO with 77 million shares doubled last month, but it is the most affordable of all, and maybe the best opportunity in bio-printing.

  • Report this Comment On November 19, 2013, at 7:59 AM, VikingBear wrote:

    Which publicly-traded companies are making the media for all this printing?

    Are their any non-publicly-traded companies making media that are ripe for IPOs?

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