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What: Shares of retail security specialist Checkpoint Systems
So what: Hurt by rising costs associated with new product launches, Checkpoint posted a surprise quarterly loss of $8.2 million, or $0.20 per share, versus the average analyst estimate of an $0.11-per-share profit. The company's first-quarter revenues of $184.7 million also represented a year-over-year decline, so Mr. Market might be concerned that longer-term demand issues are at work.
Now what: I'd look into this plunge as a possible buying opportunity. While today's results weren't ideal, Checkpoint's margins should improve in the current quarter as it looks to steadily raise prices on those recently introduced products. In fact, despite the setback, management even reaffirmed its full-year guidance, making the stock's sub-15 forward P/E all the more attractive.
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