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I'm a broadcast engineer with a background in electronics manufacturing. I've also had my eye on the Agilent spin-off because I want in on the IPO.
Looking at GEN's product line it does seem that there are some areas where Agilent and GEN compete.
I know that Tektronix and HWP are top of the line in both manuf, and broadcasting test equipment.
The agilent spin off seems to be more to improve HWP's profile. Agilent is projected to grow 2% next year. Agilent has yearly sales of $8 bil.
It goes public next week.
I wouldn't sweat it. TEK and GEN will hold up because they have a good track record. Agilent will have to prove itself.
Looking at GEN's projected growth rates the stock will probably start to take off if the next quarter comes in on track.
Funny thing about the WISE tho...
They'll drive up the price of a chip equipment makers stock (like xilinx) because Intel, or Dell are doing good and ordering from them; but when it's a chip test equipment maker the price is more tame in it's growth. They can't seem to make the connection that all the products being built by Intel, Dell, etc... need tested before they're shipped.
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