Back in January, I alerted you to a 3-D printing company that
was hoping to "follow in the footsteps" of the wildly successful
3D Systems (
has done just that.
Shares of the 3-D printing company have risen 165% since the
stock's February 6 IPO. XONE stock was up another 2.5% earlier
today, in fact.
ExOne is a Pennsylvania-based company that provides 3-D
printing machines and products to industrial customers, including
airlines. At the time it went public, ExOne wasn't profitable -
and it still isn't. But the promise of 3-D printing - an
up-and-coming industry based on a new technology that gives
customers the power to print three-dimensional replicas of real
parts taken directly from digital input - seems to be what's
carrying the stock.
really started the 3-D printing craze on Wall Street. The company
went public in May 2011, and has shot up 300% since then. Now
XONE is following a similar path.
How long will it last? That may depend on if ExOne becomes
profitable. 3D Systems has turned a profit every quarter since it
went public, with annual earnings doubling in the last two years.
ExOne, meanwhile, suffered a $10 million loss last year, and has
been in the red each of the two quarters since it went
Unless it can improve those numbers, XONE might have a
difficult time sustaining this torrid pace. For now, though, the
stock continues to benefit from its place in one of America's