Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

IPG Photonics Looking To Innovation And Integration

It's still pretty tough out there if you're in the laser business. While Newport (NASDAQ:NEWP) and II-VI (NASDAQ:IIVI) have come alive in the last three months and Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) and Rofin-Sinar (NASDAQ:RSTI) are both in the green for the full year, only Newport has kept pace with the S&P 500. Even so, IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP) has done even worse, as wobbly quarterly performance and weak end markets like industrial welding and automotive have discouraged investors in this volatile laser company.

Still, I think there are better days ahead for this leading fiber laser company. Fiber lasers continue to gain share in the growing laser market, and the number of applications...

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