As earnings season continues, one company set to report its quarterly results next Monday could be in line for a tough quarter. Let's see whether Corning's
TV sales get static
Corning, which makes glass substrate for flat-screen TVs and other high-tech gadgets, will face incredibly tough comparisons this quarter. Electronics giant Best Buy
Foresight is 20/20?
Analysts must be sitting on their hands, because Corning flat-out told us it would have a rough quarter in its last quarterly filing. Rising glass prices have worked against the company, and Corning has been unable to get a proper read on consumers' actual demand for its products. From its telecommunications segment, it expects a double-digit sequential decline. Sure, it forecasts growth in its life-science and specialty-materials segments, but these are relatively small revenue producers compared to its display technology and telecommunications segments. If a company says it's going to disappoint, believe it.
Stop, drop and sell?
Is it time to run for cover? Corning has seen a fairly steady stream of insider selling over the course of the past year, and short interest in the stock is rising. Although these figures don't make Corning a sell, they definitely raise even more red flags. Only time will tell whether Corning will miss estimates. For now, enough warning signs exist for me to throw up the buyer beware sign.
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