Summary: LG.Philips (LPL) reported its second consecutive quarterly loss, citing price weakness and high costs associated with flat panel production as the reason for its 321 billion won ($334.8 million) Q3 loss; it lost 321.5 billion won in Q2. Although the loss wasn't necessarily a surprise, it was a reversal from last year's Q3 in which a 227 billion won profit was achieved. Analysts expect its struggles to continue into early '07. Meanwhile Philips is rumored to be preparing to sell its 32.9% stake, with industry watchers suggesting Sharp (SHCAY.PK) or Matsushita Electric Industrial (MC) as possible buyers.
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Potentially impacted stocks and ETFs: AU Optronics (AUO), Corning (GLW), Sony (SNE) and Toshiba (TOSBF.PK)
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