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What: LED materials producer Rubicon Technology
So what: Sterne Agee sees production capacity outgrowing demand for both complete LED products and the raw wafers. That puts pressure on gross margins, which then cascades to weak results across the income statement.
Now what: Rubicon is a small company with heavy investments in production capacity, so any downtrend in demand for its products would hurt the company in the short term. That's nothing new, though: Rubicon's margins and sales have jumped all over the place in recent years. Like other high-tech businesses in the early stages of a potential growth trend such as Universal Display
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