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Corning CFO Upbeat On Demand Despite Outlook


Corning faced increasing fourth-quarter price pressure in its screens for mobile phones and flat-panel TVs, but CFO Jim Flaws said Monday on “Fast Money” that demand remained strong looking ahead.

“We think television’s actually behaving quite well retail,” he said. “We think that eventually flows through to us.”

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Flaws cited a 19 percent year-over-year increase in the sales of TV units the week of Black Friday as a bright spot.

The manufacturer of , which is widely used in smartphones, tablets and TVs, cut its profit outlook for the final quarter of 2011 and announced plans to curtail production. Flaws said a South Korean customer cut its orders, leading to the revision.

“We’re still shipping to them, just not as much as we had hoped,” he said.

Corning closed at $13.48 per share, down 2.25 percent.

“Fast Money” pro Joe Terranova sounded bearish on the company, citing the challenges facing the company were structural, particularly overcapacity and lower prices.

“They’re losing market share,” he said.

Trader Tim Seymour said he wasn’t terribly concerned about the outlook and that the inventory situations could work itself out.

“The demand story is very impressive,” he said. “I think the backdrop to this is only getting better.”

Trader Guy Adami said its current price made the stock interesting, adding that it could slip to the $12.50 range with a possible upside of 75 cents.

“It’s an amazingly volatile stock, given the size of the company,” he said.

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