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3D Printers - Is The Game Back On?

02/24/14 04:25:46 PM
by Matt Blackman

"Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Mark Twain

Security:   DDD, SSYS
Position:   N/A

In October I alerted traders that 3D printing company 3D Systems Corporation was set to take off based on a combination of technical action and positive seasonal factors in "Is October The Season For 3D Printers?". In the fourth quarter of 2013, 3D Systems Corp. (DDD) soared more than 40% into the first week in January 2014 (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Daily chart showing correction and comeback by 3 D Systems Corp (DDD) which broke through the Fibonacci Fan 0.618 retracement line and rallied more than 30% off the bottom.
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But then 3D stocks took it on the chin as the market correction took hold, losing more than 40%, prompting many traders to declare that the 3D game was over.

But since bottoming in early February, the charts are telling a different story.

Figure 2 Daily chart of 3D printer StrataSys Ltd. with the Fibonacci Fan showing the powerful bounce off the February bottom.
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Two of the major publicly traded companies in the space — DDD and Stratasys Inc. (SSYS) — have registered better than 25% retracements in eight trading days since the stocks bottomed February 5, 2014. And as opposed to rolling over, both look to be gaining momentum as evidenced by the gaps in the second week and into the third trading week of February. Another 3D printing company, The ExOne Company (XONE), has shown a similar retracement on its daily chart (Figure 3).

Figure 3 Daily chart of The ExOne Company showing the recovery since bottoming in February.
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Fundamentally speaking, DDD and SSYS have experienced revenue growth in the last four quarters of 43% and 123% with sales in the last year of $460 and $400 million respectively. Earnings per share were $0.18 for DDD but SSYS lost $0.16 in its latest quarter according to the latest data from

Figure 4 Daily chart of 3D print manufacturer VoxelJet AG showing the more modest rally off the February lows.
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Another 3D printing company, Voxeljet (VJET), a newer entry to the space, also bears watching but it has been weaker in 2014 than the three candidates above and has yet to mount a concerted rally. It registered earnings per share in the latest quarter of $0.11.

As long as the current rally continues to gather steam, 3 D printers look set to lead the way once again.

Matt Blackman

Matt Blackman is a full-time technical and financial writer and trader. He produces corporate and financial newsletters, and assists clients in getting published in the mainstream media. He is the host of Matt has earned the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation. Find out what stocks and futures Matt is watching on Twitter at

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