• An Industrial Play That Will Continue to Rule the Laser Industry

    By Piyush Arora - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: COHR, IIVI, IPGP

    Editor's Note: II-VI does not manufacturer lasers, they supply the optics and components to laser manufacturers. This post has been amended and Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    It’s a well known fact that disruptive innovations take a long time before they gain acceptance on a large scale. Call it inertia or fear, industrial processes mostly use tried and tested technologies, which further extend the fertility period of more »

  • A Laser Company With Staggering Growth Potential

    By Piyush Arora - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: COHR, IIVI, IPGP, NEWP, RSTI

    The common reason for distressed earnings is, “higher labor costs.”  Yes, humans have an upper hand in discretionary tasks, but recurring industrial tasks like welding, etching and cutting can be automated. But precision holds the key, and robotic arms are no good if they are not equipped with proper tools. As technology advances and designs get more sophisticated, fiber optic lasers are not only cost effective but also save time more »

  • This Laser King is Poised for a Rally

    By Piyush Arora - October 16, 2012 | Tickers: COHR, IIVI, IPGP, NEWP, RSTI

    With the recent market rally, finding undervalued growth stocks has become more difficult. Well it’s difficult, but not impossible. Industries have moved onto robotic welding, etching and cutting machines for precision. Gas lasers which were earlier used on a large scale for these operations are being rapidly replaced by fiber laser technology. This brings the pioneer of the technology IPG Photonics (NASDAQ: IPGP) into the limelight.

    IPG Photonics which more »

  • Is This Laser Manufacturer a Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: COHR, IIVI, IPGP, NEWP, RSTI

    The increased usage of laser technology within the consumer, industrial, and medical industries has boded well for IPG Photonics (NASDAQ: IPGP).  IPG is known for manufacturing the groundbreaking fiber-based laser.

    Lasers have progressed substantially since they were first operated by Theodore H. Maiman in 1960. Today, traditional laser technologies are based on CO2 and yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), which combine to create the high-powered beam. The increased usage of laser more »

  • Invest Like a Supervillain

    By Mike Steele - April 13, 2012 | Tickers: CX, DISCA, IIVI, ILMN, TIE.DL

    A neer-do-well without any money is just a common criminal.  But if you clicked on the headline link for this story, that's not you.  No, you aspire to something greater: Supervillainy.  What separates the Supervillain from the petty thief is a base of wealth to carry out your wide-ranging schemes for world domination.  Secret lairs, doomsday devices, legions of minions; those things don't come cheap. 

    But what if more »