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What: Shares of manufacturer Preformed Line Products (NASDAQ:PLPC) dropped 17% today, after the company released earnings.
So what: Third-quarter sales dropped 12%, to $100.8 million, and net income dropped 34%, to $6.1 million, or $1.12 per share. All four regional segments saw net income fall, so the bad news was widespread for the company.
Now what: The weak global economy is lowering the appetite for infrastructure projects, and that's having a big impact on results. I don't see the dynamic changing quickly, and that will put pressure on earnings going forward. I'm definitely not a buyer on the drop in sales and net income today, and would wait for a pickup in end markets before jumping in.
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