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What: Shares of electronic display specialist Daktronics
So what: Daktronics managed to swing to a fiscal-third-quarter profit on rebounding demand, but management warned that its gross margins would continue to come under heavy pressure in the fourth quarter. CEO Jim Morgan noted that, "the competition for orders in the marketplace across all business units remains very keen."
Now what: I wouldn't be so quick to pounce on Daktronics. Even with today's big drop, the shares are still up about 35% over the past six months and sport a lofty 30-plus EV/EBITDA ratio. While demand for Daktronics' billboards certainly seems to be turning, intensifying competition, particularly from Asian suppliers, requires more of a discount than Wall Street seems to be offering.
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