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What: Shares of irrigation system manufacturer Lindsay Corp.
So what: Results were solid for Lindsay's fiscal second quarter. Revenue came in at $120 million, up 41% from last year and above the $110 million that Wall Street was expecting. On the bottom line, the company showed $0.89 in per-share profit versus $0.48 last year. Analysts were looking for just $0.71.
Now what: Even with those strong numbers, Lindsay's stock wasn't able to hold the gains from early in the trading day. Squeamish investors and hard-headed short-sellers could be behind that. The stock has attracted heavy short interest as the company's recently strong results have led to a huge run in the stock. Over the past year, the stock has tacked on roughly 80% and trades at 34 times expected fiscal 2011 earnings. In addition, there have been concerns around cash flow. The strong bottom-line numbers of the past 12 months haven't been mirrored by cash production, as accounts receivable and inventory have been climbing. Of course, on the latter concern, bulls might note that historically the company's cash flow has tended to be pretty lumpy from year to year.
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