Don't you love a good knee to the groin sometimes? That's what the market just gave to shareholders in Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick TTM Technologies
Let me explain. Three months ago, the quick-turn circuit board maker had a strong earnings report to show us, and after that, the company had its credit rating upgraded and its stock added to the S&P Small-Cap index, alongside property insurance provider Tower Group
And so TTM released fresh numbers last night, in line with management guidance (albeit on the low side), and offered a somewhat gloomy next-quarter outlook. BAM! That's the end of that stratospheric price-to-earnings ratio. Today's share price is a scant 3% better than it was three months ago, and down roughly 20% overnight.
According to management comments, this is a temporary slowdown caused by soft orders from an unnamed "key networking customer" that has since returned to the healthy order volumes of old. If you want to make a guess, TTM's published customer list includes Cisco Systems
So what we have here is the popping of an exuberant bubble, returning the stock to more reasonable buy-in or add-on levels. There's nothing permanently flawed about these results, nothing that would indicate a long-term problem, so if you believe in the quick-release PCB business in general, TTM could be your stock choice today. The company says that its main competition includes Sanmina-SCI
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