We've detected that you're using an ad content blocking browser plug-in or feature. Ads provide a critical source of revenue to the continued operation of Silicon Investor.  We ask that you disable ad blocking while on Silicon Investor in the best interests of our community.  If you are not using an ad blocker but are still receiving this message, make sure your browser's tracking protection is set to the 'standard' level.

   Technology StocksCorning Incorporated (GLW)

Previous 10 Next 10 
To: Asymmetric who wrote (2220)3/11/2012 11:11:47 AM
From: Mad2
1 Recommendation   of 2260
Insider buying has stepped up since 4th qtr last year which happened to correspond to GLW's bottom.


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (2)

To: Mad2 who wrote (2221)3/12/2012 9:01:03 AM
From: John Hayman
   of 2260
Well, that's good that they are buying, but.....the stock could be in the single digits. I hope it turns here, but not expecting it too.

Good company, but needs something for it's stock price!!

go glw, long the stock

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: Mad2 who wrote (2221)3/22/2012 5:39:26 PM
From: Mr. Sunshine
   of 2260
Read that GLW is a defendant in an asbestos related class action lawsuit and that they have a lot of unfunded pension liabilities. Does anyone know if this is true, and how much these potential hits would be? Perhaps that is holding the price down.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: Mr. Sunshine who wrote (2223)3/22/2012 8:58:39 PM
From: Mad2
   of 2260
Here is the section titled "Legal Proceedings" from GLW's 2011 Annual Report.
The key points are contained in the last two sentences.

Legal Proceedings

Environmental Litigation.
Corning has been named by the Environmental Protection Agency (the Agency) under the Superfund Act

or by state governments under similar state laws, as a potentially responsible party for 18 hazardous waste sites. Under the Superfund

Act, all parties who may have contributed any waste to a hazardous waste site, identified by the Agency, are jointly and severally

liable for the cost of cleanup unless the Agency agrees otherwise. It is Corning’s policy to accrue for its estimated liability related to

Superfund sites and other environmental liabilities related to property owned by Corning based on expert analysis and continual

monitoring by both internal and external consultants. At December 31, 2011 and 2010, Corning had accrued approximately $25

million (undiscounted) and $30 million (undiscounted), respectively, for the estimated liability for environmental cleanup and related

litigation. Based upon the information developed to date, management believes that the accrued reserve is a reasonable estimate of the

Company’s liability and that the risk of an additional loss in an amount materially higher than that accrued is remote.

Dow Corning Corporation. Corning and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow Chemical) each own 50% of the common stock of

Dow Corning. In May 1995, Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy protection to address pending and claimed liabilities arising from

many thousands of breast implant product lawsuits. On June 1, 2004, Dow Corning emerged from Chapter 11 with a Plan of

Reorganization (the Plan) which provided for the settlement or other resolution of implant claims. The Plan also includes releases for

Corning and Dow Chemical as shareholders in exchange for contributions to the Plan.

Under the terms of the Plan, Dow Corning has established and is funding a Settlement Trust and a Litigation Facility to provide a

means for tort claimants to settle or litigate their claims. Inclusive of insurance, Dow Corning has paid approximately $1.7 billion to

the Settlement Trust. As of December 31, 2011, Dow Corning had recorded a reserve for breast implant litigation of $1.6 billion. As a

separate matter arising from the bankruptcy proceedings, Dow Corning is defending claims asserted by a number of commercial

creditors who claim additional interest at default rates and enforcement costs, during the period from May 1995 through June 2004.

As of December 31, 2011, Dow Corning has estimated the liability to commercial creditors to be within the range of $86 million to

$280 million. As Dow Corning management believes no single amount within the range appears to be a better estimate than any other

amount within the range, Dow Corning has recorded the minimum liability within the range. Should Dow Corning not prevail in this

matter, Corning’s equity earnings would be reduced by its 50% share of the amount in excess of $86 million, net of applicable tax

benefits. In addition, the London Market Insurers (the LMI Claimants) claimed a reimbursement right with respect to a portion of

insurance proceeds previously paid by the LMI Claimants to Dow Corning. This claim was based on a theory that the LMI Claimants

overestimated Dow Corning’s liability for the resolution of implant claims pursuant to the Plan. Based on settlement negotiations,

Dow Corning had estimated that the most likely outcome would result in payment to the LMI Claimants in a range of $10 million to

$20 million. During the third quarter, Dow Corning and the LMI Claimants settled the claim for an amount within that range. There

are a number of other claims in the bankruptcy proceedings against Dow Corning awaiting resolution by the U.S. District Court, and it

is reasonably possible that Dow Corning may record bankruptcy-related charges in the future. The remaining tort claims against

Corning are expected to be channeled by the Plan into facilities established by the Plan or otherwise defended by the Litigation


Hemlock Semiconductor Group, of which Dow Corning owns 63%, brought an action against one of its customers to enforce

multiyear supply agreements requiring the customer to purchase or pay for quantities of polycrystalline silicon used in the solar power

industry. Hemlock Semiconductor Group and the customer resolved the dispute during the fourth quarter. The settlement resulted in

Dow Corning recognizing pre-tax income of approximately $420 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, including previously

deferred revenue. After income taxes and amounts attributable to non-controlling interests, net income attributable to Dow Corning

for the year ended December 31, 2011, increased by approximately $177 million from this settlement.

Pittsburgh Corning Corporation. Corning and PPG Industries, Inc. (PPG) each own 50% of the capital stock of Pittsburgh Corning

Corporation (PCC). Over a period of more than two decades, PCC and several other defendants have been named in numerous

lawsuits involving claims alleging personal injury from exposure to asbestos. On April 16, 2000, PCC filed for Chapter 11

reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. At the time PCC filed for bankruptcy

protection, there were approximately 11,800 claims pending against Corning in state court lawsuits alleging various theories of

liability based on exposure to PCC’s asbestos products and typically requesting monetary damages in excess of one million dollars per

claim. Corning has defended those claims on the basis of the separate corporate status of PCC and the absence of any facts supporting

claims of direct liability arising from PCC’s asbestos products. Corning is also currently involved in approximately 9,900 other cases

(approximately 38,300 claims) alleging injuries from asbestos and similar amounts of monetary damages per case. Those cases have

been covered by insurance without material impact to Corning to date. As described below, several of Corning’s insurance carriers

have filed a legal proceeding concerning the extent of any insurance coverage for these claims. Asbestos litigation is inherently

difficult, and past trends in resolving these claims may not be indicators of future outcomes.


Corning, with other relevant parties, has been involved in ongoing efforts to develop a Plan of Reorganization that would resolve the

concerns and objections of the relevant courts and parties. In 2003, a plan was agreed to by various parties (the 2003 Plan), but, on

December 21, 2006, the Bankruptcy Court issued an order denying the confirmation of that 2003 Plan. On January 29, 2009, an

amended plan of reorganization (the Amended PCC Plan) - which addressed the issues raised by the Court when it denied

confirmation of the 2003 Plan - was filed with the Bankruptcy Court.

The proposed resolution of PCC asbestos claims under the Amended PCC Plan would have required Corning to contribute its equity

interests in PCC and Pittsburgh Corning Europe N.V. (PCE), a Belgian corporation, and to contribute a fixed series of payments,

recorded at present value. Corning would have had the option to use its shares rather than cash to make these payments, but the

liability would have been fixed by dollar value and not the number of shares. The Amended PCC Plan would, originally, have

required Corning to make (1) one payment of $100 million one year from the date the Amended PCC Plan becomes effective and

certain conditions are met and (2) five additional payments of $50 million, on each of the five subsequent anniversaries of the first

payment, the final payment of which is subject to reduction based on the application of credits under certain circumstances.

Documents were filed with the Bankruptcy Court further modifying the Amended PCC Plan by reducing Corning’s initial payment by

$30 million and reducing its second and fourth payments by $15 million each. In return, Corning would relinquish its claim for

reimbursement of its payments and contributions under the Amended PCC Plan from the insurance carriers involved in the bankruptcy

proceeding with certain exceptions.

On June 16, 2011, the Court entered an Order denying confirmation of the Amended PCC Plan. The Court’s memorandum opinion

accompanying the order rejected some objections to the Amended PCC Plan and made suggestions regarding modifications to the

Amended PCC Plan that would allow the Plan to be confirmed. Corning and other parties have filed a motion for reconsideration,

objecting to certain points of this Order. Certain parties to the proceeding filed specific plan modifications in response to the Court’s

opinion and Corning supported these filings. Corning and other parties also filed a motion for reconsideration objecting to certain

points in the Court’s opinion and Order. Proposed plan modifications will be discussed during the hearing scheduled for February 17,


The Amended PCC Plan does not include certain non-PCC asbestos claims that may be or have been raised against Corning. Corning

has recorded an additional $150 million for such claims in its estimated asbestos litigation liability. The liability for non-PCC claims

was estimated based upon industry data for asbestos claims since Corning does not have recent claim history due to the injunction

issued by the Bankruptcy Court. The estimated liability represents the undiscounted projection of claims and related legal fees over

the next 20 years. The amount may need to be adjusted in future periods as more data becomes available.

The Amended PCC Plan with the modifications addressing issues raised by the Court’s June 16 opinion remains subject to a number

of contingencies. Payment of the amounts required to fund the Amended PCC Plan from insurance and other sources are subject to a

number of conditions that may not be achieved. The approval of the (further modified) Amended PCC Plan by the Bankruptcy Court

is not certain and faces objections by some parties. If the modified Amended PCC Plan is approved by the Bankruptcy Court, that

approval will be subject to appeal. For these and other reasons, Corning’s liability for these asbestos matters may be subject to

changes in subsequent quarters. The estimate of the cost of resolving the non-PCC asbestos claims may also be subject to change as

developments occur. Management continues to believe that the likelihood of the uncertainties surrounding these proceedings causing

a material adverse impact to Corning’s financial statements is remote.

Several of Corning’s insurers have commenced litigation in state courts for a declaration of the rights and obligations of the parties

under insurance policies, including rights that may be affected by the potential resolutions described above. Corning is vigorously

contesting these cases. Management is unable to predict the outcome of this insurance litigation and therefore cannot estimate the

range of any possible loss.


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

To: John Hayman who wrote (2222)3/26/2012 8:55:43 PM
From: Mr. Sunshine
   of 2260
John, thanks, Corning must be employing a whole graduating class of lawyers. I assume the liability risk is not as drastic as it sounds, but you can bet that when those issues are resolved, even if not entirely in GLWs favor, the stock will spike as the uncertainty is removed.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

From: Asymmetric3/28/2012 9:26:24 AM
   of 2260
Hon Hai's Sharp Deal Good for Corning
Corning provides glass for the plant that Hon Hai will take control of.

Sterne, Agee & Leach March 27, 2012

Hon Hai Precision Industry's stake in Sharp is a positive for Corning.

We do not think that Hon Hai's (ticker: HNHPF) investment in Japan's Sharp will change the demand outlook for liquid-crystal-display (LCD) panels. However, here are four things to highlight.

1) The Sakai City plant was designed to be Sharp's most efficient LCD panel plant in the world. We therefore believe that Sharp will be motivated to drive utilization higher at this plant relative to its others.

2) Corning (GLW) provides 100% of the glass requirements for the Sakai City plant. To the extent that utilization trends higher at the plant would be a positive for Corning.

3) From Sakai City, Corning does take some of its 10G glass and slices it into 8G glass for shipment to other panel makers. To the extent that this happens less would be a positive for Corning.

4) To the extent that Hon Hai's LCD panel purchases move in favor of Sharp Sakai City (where Corning has 100% share) and away from LG Display (where Nippon Electric Glass has dominant share and Corning has the least share) would be a positive for Corning.

Sharp announced that it will enter into a strategic partnership with Hon Hai. Sharp will issue shares to Hon Hai worth about $800 million. In exchange, Hon Hai will take half of Sharp's 93% stake in its Sakai City LCD plant. Before the investment, Sharp owned 93% of the plant, and Sony (SNE) owned 7%. After the investment, Sharp will own 46.5%, Hon Hai will own 46.5%, and Sony will own 7%. Ultimately, Hon Hai will procure up to 50% of the large-size LCD panels and LCD modules from the plant.

Sharp's LCD panel plant in Sakai City (where we visited a few weeks ago) is its state-of-the-art, flagship operation -- the newest, most environmentally friendly (LED lighting everywhere), and most efficient plant within Sharp. Co-located at the Sakai City plant are glass makers (Corning) and color filter makers (Toppan and Dai Nippon Printing). Sharp also has a solar-panel facility on-site.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

From: Asymmetric4/22/2012 11:35:53 AM
2 Recommendations   of 2260
CORNING SHAREHOLDERS MUST FEEL as if they have walked barefoot over broken glass. Since hitting a high above $23 about 12 months ago, the stock has fallen 40% to $13.84, even as the market has risen 4%.

[Note: Barrons - Vital Sign Column from Feb 18, 2012. Corning settled at $13.18 Friday. This analysis still holds]

The company operates five major divisions, but the problem is centered in the display-technologies segment, which provides almost 90% of profit. Corning (GLW) is one of the biggest suppliers of glass used in screens for notebooks, PC monitors and televisions. Its smaller specialty-materials division makes glass for smartphones, tablets and other portable devices.

The stock fell last year on a significant slowdown in the global display-glass market. Though 2011 revenue rose 19% to $7.9 billion, fourth-quarter sales dropped 9% sequentially. More importantly, quarterly gross profit margins fell to 43.7% from 47.1% in the third quarter. Worse, the company is predicting "double-digit" price declines and more margin compression in the first half of 2012 before glass prices are expected to stabilize. After that, Corning expects flat display sales and earnings through 2014.

This comes as Corning's competition has increased glass capacity while customers are tightening their inventories, due to lower retail demand for such things as TVs. In 2011, earnings—also hurt by significantly lower profits from affiliates, higher taxes, and special items—fell to $2.8 billion or $1.77 per share, from $3.6 billion or $2.25 per share, in 2010.

The bear case says it's over for Corning. In general, unit sales of TVs, which use lots of glass by area, are slowing—though sales of the biggest flat-screen TVs are still growing. Heavy competition and lower margins are a permanent part of a new industry landscape.

All the pessimism would get a better hearing here if Corning were taking this lying down. It isn't. Corning is already cutting display capacity by 25%. And with demand for smartphones and tablets growing nicely, the company will be well-served by its R&D leadership in many of the industries in which it competes.

It has other levers to reduce shareholder pain. Higher dividend payouts—Corning yields 2.2%—and increased share buybacks are on the way.

While the shares probably will have a rocky first half, most of the risks appear to be already in the stock, which trades at a price/earnings ratio of nine. Even with earnings at $1.25 a share—a 10% haircut to the current 2012 consensus analyst estimate of $1.40—Corning trades at less than 11 times. On that and other valuation metrics, the stock is closer to historic lows than highs.

Corning is an industrial firm, but its shares trade like bank stocks these days— at less than tangible book value. The company's ratio of debt to total capital is 10%, which gives it flexibility and a strong edge against competitors. Meanwhile, Corning holds cash equal to nearly 30% of its stock-market value.

"I'm encouraged by the way they are handling the challenge," says James Hardesty, of Hardesty Capital Management, which owns Corning shares. Capital spending will be cut dramatically, by about $600 million, to $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion next year. And at less than book value, any share buybacks will be "automatically accretive to earnings."

Another Corning fan, Alan Lancz, who runs Alan B. Lancz & Associates, expects two more quarters of weakness, and advises investors to capitalize on them by buying shares. Lancz began adding shares to his firm's holdings in early February. As Apple and other smartphone and tablet makers introduce new products, Corning's momentum will build, he contends. Lancz looks for the stock to be in the $20s again in two to three years.

This seems like a good entry point for patient investors with a horizon of one year or more. As Corning works its way out of this jam, investors will get more comfortable with the company, and its stock will rebound.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

From: Asymmetric6/10/2012 7:37:38 PM
1 Recommendation   of 2260
Raise a Glass to Corning

By STEVEN M. SEARS / Barrons / June 9, 2012

The company's revolutionary new product—flexible glass—and its low stock price make it a good candidate for selling puts.

Last Monday at an obscure trade show in Boston, Corning engineers announced they had developed flexible glass.

Willow Glass, as Corning calls its invention, is about as thick as a sheet of copy paper. It bends like plastic. A picture on Corning's Website shows a green-gloved hand bending Willow Glass into the shape of an upside-down U.

The malleability, and thinness, of the glass means it most likely will be used to make smartphones and tablets thinner and lighter. The glass can even be wrapped around devices or structures. Already, Corning's Gorilla Glass is used in 750 million devices, including the Galaxy S III smartphone from Samsung (005930.Korea). Apple's (AAPL) iPhones also reportedly use Gorilla Glass. Maybe Corning's customers will use Willow Glass in new devices.

ALTERING THE BASIC NATURE of glass seems like an epic milestone with limitless possibilities. Yet Corning's stock (ticker: GLW) has barely budged since the news was released at the Society for Information Display's meeting in Boston. The yawn shows how little investors think of Corning. Shares are down 3% in the past month, and down 30% in the past year.

The possibilities of Willow Glass, coupled with Corning's somnolent stock price, are alluring. It could take several years for the Willow Glass investment thesis to blossom, but the risk is mitigated by the stock's 2.4% dividend yield. The dividend is dependable. It could be increased.

At around $13, Corning's stock is so inexpensive that it can easily be bought by almost anyone. But investors can enhance the purchase by selling puts.

With the stock at $12.83, investors could sell Corning's January $12.50 put to collect $1.31. If the stock slides below $12.50, and the stock was put to investors, they would buy it at an effective price of $11.19. The stock's 52-week low of $11.51 was set last October. If the stock advances, the money received for selling the put can be kept.

Corning is involved, however, in other businesses besides its so-called display technologies operation, and poor performance in any of those could sour the stock. In 2011, display technologies represented 40% of Corning's sales, even though it is the largest of the company's five main business units. And the unit has some major competitors, including Asahi Glass (ASGLY), Nippon Electric Glass (5214.Japan) and AvanStrate (5220.Japan).

BUYING A STOCK WITH GOOD prospects at a low price always seems attractive. The risk never seems great—but this trade has risks. If Corning's shares turn sharply lower, anyone who sold the put is buying the stock at the put's $12.50 strike price even if the stock is at $5. In January, Corning's stock slid sharply when fourth-quarter earnings revealed glass prices declined.

Business seems to be improving, or at least stabilizing, based on late April's first-quarter earnings. Corning is expected to report earnings July 22, which could provide an important opportunity to highlight how Willow Glass represents a new chapter for the company and smartphones, TVs, and tablets like Apple's iPad.

Even if the Willow Glass trade thesis proves wrong, the sting is offset by Corning's 2.2% dividend yield. In essence, investors can park cash in a relatively low-risk stock whose yield exceeds the 10-Year-Treasury's 1.5%.

Should Corning disappoint investors yet again, shareholders probably will pressure management to use its $3.7 billion cash pile to increase the dividend and buy back shares. The cash equals about 19% of the company's $19.5 billion market capitalization, and spending just a fraction of the cash pile could convince almost any investor that Corning's glass is half full.


Willow Glass: ultra-thin glass can 'wrap' around devices

BBC News / June 5, 2012

The new glass could be both for rigid and flexible displays

A new type of flexible ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by the firm that developed Gorilla Glass, currently used to make screens of many mobile devices.

Dubbed Willow Glass, the product can be "wrapped" around a device, said the New York-based developer Corning.

The glass was showcased at the Society for Information Display's Display Week, an industry trade show in Boston.

Besides smartphones, it could also be used for displays that are not flat, the company said.

But until such "conformable" screens appear on the market, the glass could be used for mobile devices that are constantly becoming slimmer.

"Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner," said Dipak Chowdhury, Willow Glass programme director at Corning.

The prototype demonstrated in Boston was as thin as a sheet of paper, and the company said that it can be made to be just 0.05mm thick - thinner than the current 0.2mm or 0.5mm displays.

The firm has already started supplying customers developing new display and touch technology with samples of the product.

Next-gen gorilla glass?

The material used to make Willow Glass is the result of the firm's glassmaking process called Fusion.

The technique involves melting the ingredients at 500C, and then producing a continuous sheet that can be rolled out in a mechanism similar to a traditional printing press.

Corning unveiled Gorilla Glass 2 at CES this year, saying that it will make screens thinner

This roll-to-roll method is much easier and faster for mass production than the sheet-to-sheet process normally used to make super-thin glass, the firm said.

In future, Willow Glass may replace the already widely-used Gorilla Glass, found on many smartphones and tablets.

At this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas, Corning unveiled Gorilla Glass 2, said to be 20% thinner than the original product but with the same strength.

The first-generation of Gorilla Glass, launched in 2007, has so far been used on more than 575 products by 33 manufacturers - covering more than half a billion devices worldwide.

It was first spotted by the Apple founder Steve Jobs, who contacted Corning when the firm was developing the screen for its first iPhone in 2006.

Other developments

Willow Glass is not the first attempt to produce a futuristic flexible display.

During the past few years, scientists around the world have been working with a material called graphene, first produced in 2004 - a super-conductive form of carbon made from single-atom-thick sheets.

Canadian and US researchers developed prototype of a flexible smartphone in 2011

In a past interview with the BBC, a researcher from Cambridge University, Prof Andrea Ferrari, said that prototypes of flexible touchscreens made out of graphene have already been developed - and that besides being ultra strong and flexible, in future such displays could even give the user "sensational" feedback.

"We went from physical buttons to touch screens, the next step will be integrating some sensing capabilities," said Prof Ferrari.

"Your phone will be able to sense if you're touching it, will sense the environment around - you won't have to press a button to turn it on or off, it will recognise if you're using it or not."

In a separate project, scientists from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, Canada, and Arizona State University's Motivational Environments Research group, created a millimetres-thick prototype flexible smartphone in 2011, made of a so-called electronic paper.

The scientists said they used the same e-ink technology as found in Amazon's Kindle e-book reader, bonded to flex sensors and a touchscreen that interpreted drawings and text written on it.

"This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper," said one of the researchers, Dr Roel Vertegaal.

"You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen."

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

From: Jim Greif6/21/2012 10:47:30 AM
   of 2260

Sounds good.


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: Jim Greif who wrote (2229)10/6/2012 2:13:15 PM
From: Mad2
1 Recommendation   of 2260
Nice article about GLW in Barrons today, citing their 20% dividend increase and expected Qtr/qtr growth in revenue.
Their annual dividend of .36/share provides a 2.7% return based on Fridays close.
While they are still dependent on display glass, they have good potential upside in solar, health science and building materials (Dow-Corning JV)
Weeks is committed to increasing revenue from current 8 bil to 10 bil in 3 yrs.
At a trailing p/e of less than 10 this one is a no brainer.
Bottom is in.
BTW if as mentioned in Wed's debate Corp taxes get lowered to 25% that will provide additional gas to GLW and other blue chip stocks.

Barrons | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012
Corning's Glass: Set to Sparkle By STEVEN M. SEARS
The options market is skeptical about the glass maker, but as an earnings report looms, the skeptical outlook merits its own skepticism. Also, pending super options may dent NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX.
Corning declared a 20% increase last week in its quarterly common-stock dividend. The move should help secure the company's recently strong stock gains.

Corning (GLW) is up 12% in the past month, about three times the rise in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. We've liked the stock since June when we learned Corning had introduced Willow glass, a flexible substance that can be wrapped around objects and devices. Now Corning is preparing to report third-quarter earnings Oct. 24, and there is reason to be skeptical of the options market's skepticism.

Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski expects the company to report its first year-over-year sales growth in four quarters and first earnings-per-share gain in eight quarters.

Yet, the implied volatility of Corning's bearish put prices is elevated, reflecting investor concern that the shares will decline on the earnings report. In contrast, Corning's bullish call options, which increase in value if the stock rises, are inexpensive.

The skepticism creates opportunities for investors to sell bearish puts to position themselves to buy the stock at a lower price, and to buy bullish calls to participate in a potential earnings-led advance.

The fundamentals of liquid-crystal displays, used in flat-screen televisions, computer monitors, and the like are believed to be improving, if for no other reason than that LCD glass and panel makers are getting smarter about managing supply, which helps mitigate demand, or the lack thereof. Weak LCD fundamentals are a primary reason why Corning's stock shed 4% of its value in the past three years, as the S&P 500 rose 51%.

With Corning's stock at $13.38, Goldman Sachs' derivatives strategists are telling clients to buy the November $14 calls, recently at 30 cents, in anticipation that the stock will rise 7.2% on earnings. Aggressive investors who want to build a position in Corning should complement the call trade with a put sale. Premiums in near-month puts aren't high, but selling Corning's November $13 put for 49 cents looks reasonable. If the stock dips below $13, you own it, which isn't an unpleasant outcome.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read
Previous 10 Next 10