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What: Shares of plastic filmmaker AEP Industries (NASDAQ: AEPI ) fell 10% today after reporting earnings.
So what: Net sales increased 2% in the fourth quarter to $272.5 million but only because a 7% increase in prices offset a 4% decline in volume. The company swung from a profit of $6.9 million a year ago to a loss of $3.7 million last quarter.
Now what: Management said that even the price increases the company put in place couldn't cover higher costs in the quarter. To make matters worse, competition was high and that's why volumes were even lower in the quarter. That's enough to keep me out of the stock today and I'd like to see improvement in both growth and margins before jumping in.
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