Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Seeking Alpha: Should Investors Go With The Flow?

If you follow the earnings reports of machine tool companies like Hurco (HURC), Hardinge (HDNG), and Gildemeister, these are not happy-fun-times in the machine tool industry, though there seems to be a big difference between companies that address high-volume and low-volume markets (the smaller the target company, the worse things appear to be). Likewise, companies with big exposure to metal-cutting, including Kennametal (KMT), Atlas Copco (ATLKY.PK), and MSC Industrial (MSM), have been reporting pretty challenging market conditions in North America and Europe.

As Flow International (FLOW) sells metal-cutting machine tools, you can probably guess where this is going. While Flow is a leader in waterjet cutting equipment, a business that seems under-penetrated, weak capex demand in the U.S. has made it difficult for this company to make real headway. I do believe there may be a worthwhile opportunity in these shares, but investors considering them are going to need patience (and maybe a buyout) to see this story work out.

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Should Investors Go With The Flow?

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