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What: Shares of capacitor manufacturer KEMET
So what: KEMET's third-quarter report beat analyst expectations about the head and neck, but the earnings call unveiled a dismal outlook for the coming quarter, and all the good news was quickly forgotten. Specifically, the all-important book-to-bill ratio stands far below the magic 1.0 mark, and management sees its gross margins taking a serious hit from increasing materials prices. Close rivals Vishay Intertechnology
Now what: The stock was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange in early 2009 and teetered on the edge of extinction, then made a scary-quick recovery when the stock was relisted again in November 2010. The balance sheet is still shaky but in much better shape than in the bad old days. Investor nerves are perfectly understandable with a background like that.
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