Social-gaming specialist�Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA ) reported disappointing first-quarter 2013 results Wednesday after the market close, and boy, did things get ugly.
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Zynga shares fell by as much as 9% during intraday trading Thursday, after the company said bookings -- its measure for in-game virtual goods purchases -- fell by a staggering 30% year over year to $229.8 million. While that number actually beat Zynga's own expectations, it was also down significantly from last quarter's surprisingly high $261.3 million.
Total sales also fell 18% from the year-ago period to $263.6 million as core online game revenue dropped 22%, while advertising revenue managed to rise 21% from the first quarter of 2012 to $34 million.
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- [By Pat Racaniello]
Amphenol Corp (APH) is our technology pick, a manufacturer of specialty cable and various connectors, including fiber optic ones, for use in electronic devices and the cable television industry. Near the lower band of the 52 week band ($40.44 - $59.11), the last traded price of $43.27 represents an excellent buy opportunity considering the stock is so far below the moving averages (50,100, 200).
The main competition for companies such as Amphenol comes from Taiwanese component makers, that compete at a lower price. Amphenol has a solid market reputation and compared with Molex (MOLX), the free cash flow margin is far ahead at 10% compared to 5% for the latter. Price to earnings is on the industry mark at 14 times, but the concern lies in the dividend payout which is basically nothing (1.91) compared to the industry (26.91).
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