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Halftime: Analyst: Chinese Plant Explosion Won't Hurt Apple's iPad Supply

A deadly explosion at one of two Chinese plants that produce Apple’s new iPad 2 has some wondering about delays in production and how it will affect AAPL’s stock. The blast at Foxconn Technology Group’s Cengdu factory, which occurred May 20th, killed two people and injured sixteen. It also halted production until an investigation is completed.

But Stern Agee analyst Shaw Wu is not concerned about a supply disruption because the company has redundancy in its plants. The second Foxconn factory in Shenzhen is ramping up production of the tablet to make up for any shortfall, he said.

This incident, coupled with the Japanese earthquake, “give more reason to create even more redundancy to make sure there aren’t any future disruptions,” Wu said.

What’s the trade?

Pete Najarian would buy Apple on the weakness because there will not as big of a supply disruption as people had anticipated. And if APPL gets near $325, he thinks you have to start buying some more.

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