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ExOne's Big News Pulls 3D Systems Shares Higher -- but Why?

Thursday - 3/28/2013, 1:12pm  ET

A narrow profit posted by 3-D printing newcomer ExOne after Wednesday's close has buoyed the beleaguered sector today. Not only has ExOne risen by more than 6.5% today on news that it earned $902,000 in net income (compared to a consensus estimate of a $2.8 million loss), but 3D Systems has also jumped, gaining about 3.5%, while Stratasys is enjoying small gains.

Is this genuinely good news for all three companies, or are investors casting too wide a net? Let's take a look at how ExOne's report compares to the most recent quarterly earnings of the two established players (click here for 3D Systems' latest report, and click here for Stratasys' latest report).

ExOne's first time at bat
This was ExOne's first earnings report following a February public offering. The company is not quite at the same level on a raw numerical basis as 3D Systems or Stratasys, as you can see in this quick comparison: