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

Atlas (Copco) Sneezed

How best to frame what has happened to Swedish industrial conglomerate Atlas Copco (OTCPK:ATLKY) in the six months since I last wrote about it? The roughly 25% drop in the ADR share price goes well beyond an Atlas Shrugged reference … we're talking full-on sneezing if not a pulled hamstring.

Some of this share price decline seems reasonable to me. First, Atlas has often carried a pretty healthy valuation and that's harder to support in a virtually no-growth environment. Second, the outlook for mining is feeble at best, while the "general manufacturing" segment served by the company is looking quite weak indeed and particularly so in the U.S. and China.

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